In preparation for what many fear may be a blizzard of historic proportions, state officials announced that MBTA, bus, and commuter rail service will halt midafternoon Friday, and they warned motorists to stay off the roads.
The pending storm, which threatened to bring as much as 3 feet of snow and high winds, prompted residents across the state to stock up on emergency essentials, as employers ordered staff to work from home, schools closed, and thousands of National Guardsmen prepared to help with the aftermath.
Governor Deval Patrick had one message for residents: Stay inside.
“Accumulation is expected to be swift, heavy, and dangerous,” Patrick said.
Nonessential state employees have been asked to work from home Friday, and Patrick urged private companies to do the same.
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