EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 2, 2014

Mass. sending state workers home early due to snow

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says Massachusetts state workers are being sent home at 3 p.m. today due to snowy conditions and he's encouraging private employers to send their workers home too.

Also, UMass Lowell will be also be closed rest of today and tomorrow because of weather conditions. A parking ban is in effect. Essential personnel are to report as scheduled. More information is available at www.uml.edu/storm."

Snow is falling across the state and will continue through the night and into tomorrow morning. Predictions call for 8 to 10 inches for all of Massachusetts, but some areas could see up to two feet of by the time the storm ends.

Snow could be heavy overnight but an additional concern is frigid temperatures with wind chills well below zero. Coastal flooding could also be an issue at high tide. High winds could knock out power.

Patrick says 1,600 pieces of equipment are on state highways and he has authorized the National Guard to help out as needed.