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Gov. Patrick Urges Everyone to be Off the Roads by Noon

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BOSTON (WGGB) — Mass. Governor Deval Patrick is urging the state’s residents to get ready for a snow storm that may not be measured in inches, but rather feet.

While Western Mass. is expecting about 12 to 18 inches of snow, forecasts are for some eastern parts of the state to get two feet or more by the time the storm ends mid-day Saturday.

At a press conference held Thursday night at the State House, Patrick acknowledged that many school districts across the state have already closed for Friday, and he is urging remaining schools to do the same.

With snowfall rates reaching one to two inches an hour at points during the day, especially during the afternoon hours, Patrick is urging everyone to get off the state’s roadways by noon.

The MBTA and commuter rail will also be shutting down by 3:30 p.m.

The Governor is asking all non-emergency state employees to stay home, and hopes that private sector companies to do what they can so that they roads are clear for emergency personnel.

Patrick is asking people to be good citizens and check on elderly neighbors, family members, and friends to ensure they are safe and have what they need.

Anyone seeking shelter or needs more information on available resources are urged to call 211.

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