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Governor urges caution as storm approaches

With a powerful blizzard expected to blanket Massachusetts with up to 3 feet of snow, Governor Deval Patrick ordered non-emergency state workers to stay home, urged people to get off the roads by noon Friday before the storm intensifies, called for all local school districts to cancel classes, and announced that the Boston area’s public transit system would shut down.

The nor’easter arriving Friday morning could drop 2 to 3 feet of snow that would be lashed by winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour into drifts as deep as 5 feet, the National Weather Service said this afternoon.

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