Snow, Sleet To Impact Commute Tuesday Evening

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A storm bringing snow and sleet is making a mess of the Tuesday evening commute in and around Boston.

A Winter Storm Warning is in place. The National Weather Service said the snow, which started falling in Boston early Tuesday afternoon, would quickly become heavier before eventually turning to sleet and freezing rain. They said precipitation would end by Wednesday morning.

 

The Boston area was expected to get 4-6 inches.

"From a snowfall perspective, really, the northwest parts of the state will get the most, whereas the southeast part, the Cape and the Islands, will get the least," MEMA's Chris Besse told WBZ NewsRadio.

Mayor Marty Walsh said the biggest challenge of the storm is the timing, coming during the afternoon commute—and that's why there's going to be snowfighting equipment out all across the city.

"In all, we'll probably have 600 pieces of equipment out all day long preparing and plowing and getting ready for the storm and removing the snow from the streets," Walsh said.

Walsh added that early release from school was simply not an option, and that the city would play it by ear as to whether school would be in session Wednesday.

 

Besse warned that it would be best for people to avoid travelling on roads and let the plows do their work.

"We're expecting snowfall rates of one inch per hour or more for some of those rush hour times this afternoon," he said.

According to FlightAware Tuesday afternoon, nearly 200 flights going in and out of Logan Airport were cancelled and dozens more were delayed.

The speed limit on the Mass Pike has been reduced to 40 mph from the New York border to Westborough.

The MBTA said they began running additional service on the Red, Orange, Blue, and Green Lines starting at noon Tuesday.

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Hear from MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver:

 

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