BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston and state officials are warning that the combination of wind and snow could lead to power outages, commuter delays and hazardous driving conditions.
Mayor Marty Walsh said the city is ready for the powerful snowstorm, with 40,000 tons of salt available throughout Boston.
Beginning Thursday morning, 700 pieces of equipment will be running through the streets.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker asked people to stay off the streets unless it is absolutely necessary. For those who do need to leave their homes, Baker urged people to use public transportation.
The main focus for crews is cleaning sidewalks and main roadways along with responding to emergency calls.
Baker reminded motorists to not crowd the plows as they work to clear the highways.
Walsh said Boston Fire and EMS have more people on standby to respond to these calls.
A snow emergency and parking ban is in effect in Boston. School was cancelled on Thursday.
Officials also ask people to clear sidewalks, fire hydrants and driveways.
“I’m asking people to be patient. If it looks like your street hasn’t been plowed, the amount of snow we’re potentially gonna get here, we could be plowing and a half hour later it could look like we didn’t touch the street. We’ll be out there plowing the streets consistently,” said Walsh.
7News will continue to bring updates from city and state officials as they become available.
For more on the latest forecast, visit the 7Weather page.
(Copyright (c) 2019 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)