In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted by MassDOT
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public to plan ahead if traveling tonight through Thursday morning as mixed precipitation in most regions will make for challenging driving conditions and poor visibility.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a coating to three inches of snow as the storm system moves across Massachusetts before the precipitation ends by mid-day on Thursday.
Conditions in the overnight hours tonight will include rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow with significant ice accumulations expected, primarily in Western and Central Massachusetts.
“We urge drivers to pay attention to the forecast as the wintery mix, combined with temperatures near or below freezing, will make untreated surfaces hazardous,” said Massachusetts Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Drivers should anticipate a coating of snow or slushy conditions on pavement, fallen tree debris and possibly fallen utility wires. Members of the public who must travel should expect that trips will take longer than usual.”
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) states the combination of snow and sleet amounts, and ice accretion through Thursday may result in some minor tree debris on the ground and scattered power outages, so the public is advised to fully charge cellphones, laptops, and other electronic devices. MEMA’s advice is to stay safe by staying informed – watch local weather broadcasts and register, if you have not already, to receive alerts and public safety information through your community’s alert system.
The MBTA advises its customers to check bus, train, and other schedules in case weather conditions impact service
The MBTA is treating outdoor platforms and nearby pedestrian walkways in advance of the precipitation and has taken steps to deploy features on corridors which include third rail and switch heaters.
Massport advises travelers flying to check with airlines about flight schedules as plane arrival and departures will depend on how the storm system impacts the Commonwealth and states outside of Massachusetts.
For the most up-to-date information on transportation impacts, please check Twitter: @MassDOT @MBTA @MBTA_CR, @MassDCR, and @MassRMV.
MassDOT will be deploying storm-related logistics as needed. Drivers should make smart decisions about when they depart, the routes they take and allow extra time to reach destinations.