Snow began to fall throughout the Northeast on Friday in what’s predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard. A look at each state in the storm’s path:
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency and deployed National Guard troops around the state Friday for rescues or other emergencies. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the entire state; the worst was expected to hit Friday evening into Saturday morning.
Nonessential state workers were ordered to stay home Friday. Schools, colleges and state courthouses were also closed. All flights after 1:30 p.m. at Bradley Airport near Hartford were canceled; Malloy said highways could be closed anytime. Train and bus services were set to shut down later Friday.
Some gas stations ran out of fuel Thursday night during the rush to prepare for the storm. The state’s two biggest utilities planned for the possibility that up to 30 percent of their customers — more than 400,000 homes and businesses — would lose power.
More than 6 inches of snow fell in Portland by midday Friday. The snow was blamed in a pileup involving 19 cars on an interstate in Cumberland, and several people had minor injuries, state police said.
Registration and practice runs for the National Toboggan Championships were held Friday as scheduled, but Saturday’s races were postponed for a day.
Up to 2 feet of snow was forecast along the southern coast, with lesser amounts across the rest of the state.
Forecasters said the storm could top Boston’s record of 27.6 inches, set in 2003.
Gov. Deval Patrick told nonessential state workers to stay home Friday and ordered all non-emergency vehicles off the road by 4 p.m. The Steamship Authority suspended all ferry service between Nantucket and Hyannis, and between Martha’s Vineyard and Woods Hole.