Governor Charlie Baker ordered state offices closed Monday and urged businesses to allow employees to take the day off or work from home, as Massachusetts braced for yet another full day of an unrelenting winter storm.
The latest snowfall is predicted to dump as much as 2 feet on the region by Tuesday morning, forcing Boston and surrounding communities to declare snow emergencies, cancel schools, and launch fleets of plows.
Baker did not impose a travel ban, as he did during a blizzard last month. But he did urge residents to stay off public roadways to allow heavy equipment to clear snow.
The slow-moving storm, expected to intensify Monday, is the third in two weeks to hit Massachusetts, and the latest snowfall, added to what is already on the ground, could leave snow depths of as much as 80 inches in parts of the state, officials said. And more snow may be on the way late in the week.
“At this time, our concern is not just about the snow that has begun to fall. It’s about the cumulative impact of this storm coming on the heels of the others,” Baker said during a news conference Sunday night at the State House.
The MBTA will operate on a reduced schedule Monday. Logan Airport will remain open, but 70 percent of the flights scheduled for Monday have been canceled, an official said.
In Boston, public schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, and all nonessential city workers will not have to report on Monday.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said recent storms have created an “unprecedented” amount of snow for the city. Boston has already spent its $18 million snow budget for this fiscal year, he said.
“Our top priority. . . is the health and safety of every Bostonian,” Walsh said during a Sunday afternoon news conference at City Hall.
Giant machines are being used to melt snow removed from city streets, in order to create enough room for new mounds of fresh snow.
Walsh said the city will vigorously enforce city regulations requiring businesses and homeowners to shovel sidewalks or face a $50 fine. In recent weeks, the city issued 1,500 tickets to residents, businesses, and institutions that did not shovel their sidewalks during snowstorms.
“We’re asking you to please shovel your sidewalks and fire hydrants,” the mayor said. “We don’t have the ability to get to every single one, so we’re really looking for help.”
The city also plans an aggressive crackdown on residents or business owners that shovel snow into the street. Walsh asked local residents to be on the lookout for scofflaws, urging citizens to “call it in if you see that going on in your street.”
The storm could bring an additional 18 to 24 inches of snow in the next two days, according to William Babcock, a meterologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.
Snow totals in Essex County, north of Boston, will probably reach 2 feet, while Plymouth County to the south can expect 6 to 10 inches and Cape Cod 1 to 4 inches, Babcock said.
On the list of cancellations Monday: the trials of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
Transportation across the region is expected to slow as a result of the storm.
The Red, Blue, Green, and Orange lines will operate only at midday frequencies, even during rush hour, and some lines will partially suspend service during midday.
“We’re trying to stay on top of more accumulations that are coming down. It’s critical that we blow that new snow to try to keep those track areas clear,” said Beverly Scott, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Despite widespread cancellations at Logan, the airport expects to be open during the storm, said Ed Freni, director of aviation.
“We believe this is a storm we can manage,” said Freni. Travelers were urged to call their airline to check on their flight’s status, he said.
For thousands of schoolchildren, the long duration storm will bring more snow days. Public schools in Brookline, Lynn, Revere, Medford, and Chelsea, among other communities, have canceled classes Monday, and a number of private schools won’t open, according to reports.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency warned on Twitter that travel conditions may be difficult from Sunday night into Tuesday morning, both Monday commutes and the Tuesday morning commute.
Several communities along with Boston, including Cambridge, Medford, and Somerville, declared snow emergencies. Parking bans will stay in effect at least through Monday, officials said.
On Sunday, Lawrence, a densely populated city in Essex County, was preparing by removing monstrous snowbanks blocking city streets and sidewalks. Snowplows will be out in force all during the storm, said Mayor Daniel Rivera.
It will be a drawn-out process, Rivera said Sunday afternoon. “We’re going to get a little bit more, and a little bit more until Tuesday.”
Forecasters warned of deteroriating conditions on Monday. Northeasterly winds will slowly increase in the afternoon, reaching 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts around 20 miles per hour, Babcock said.
Blowing and drifting snow will lead to poor visibility and driving conditions, Babcock said.
Winds will be “steady and sustained” Monday between 20 and 30 miles per hour along the coast, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour, he added.
Boston so far this winter has received 59.7 inches of snow, said Matt Doody, a meterologist with the weather service in Taunton.
Some snow-weary residents said they’ve had enough of all the high wind and white stuff.
“I’m waiting for spring,” said Charles Trebino, 65, a North End resident, sporting a Patriots knitted-hat as he walked through Faneuil Hall Sunday afternoon. “I’m not a winter person.”
“I’m very tired of it,” said Carine Clerjuste, 31, of Malden, who trekked into Faneuil Hall Sunday on a rare day out. “All I’m doing is staying home. . . . I don’t mind snow, but it’s the one after the other . . . I want a break.”
She may have to wait awhile.
Another round of snow is possible Thursday into Friday, though it is too early to predict exact accumulations, Babcock said.
“We take one storm at a time,” Doody said.