Gov. Baker declares state of emergency, issues travel ban, deploys National Guard for winter storm

Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and placed a travel ban into effect for the upcoming winter storm. (MassLive)

Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency effective immediately in response to the winter storm that is expected to hit Massachusetts on Monday night and Tuesday.

Baker has issued a statewide travel ban beginning at 12 a.m. on Tuesday for what he called a “top-five historic storm” for the Commonwealth.

Baker said MassDOT has 4,200 pieces of equipment and 250,000 tons of salt ready to clear the roadways. Approximately 600 of the trucks will be dedicated to the highways.

Baker has deployed 500 National Guard troops that will be positioned around the state to assist with fallen trees and branches and disabled vehicles.

“We are anticipating hundreds of thousands of customers will be without power at some point during the storm,” Baker said during an afternoon press conference on Monday.

In accordance with Baker's travel ban, all Massachusetts state court locations will be closed on Tuesday.

Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties are all under a Winter Storm Warning until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Light snow is expected to begin in Springfield around 3 p.m. Monday, spreading from south to north. This storm will quickly intensify throughout the night and Tuesday morning. Snowfall rates of at least 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected from pre-dawn Tuesday to about 1 p.m.

The storm will exit Western Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon with lighter, scattered snow lingering into the evening.

Final snowfall totals are expected to be in the 18- to 24-inch range for much of the Pioneer Valley, with isolated amounts as high as 30 possible for points east of the Connecticut River.

About 6 inches of snow is expected to be on the ground by dawn Tuesday, with the rest mostly coming Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all of Western Massachusetts from Monday evening through late Tuesday night. Blizzard warnings have been issued for all of Connecticut, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.

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