Posted at: 02/08/2013 4:47 PM
Updated at: 02/08/2013 5:44 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
FRAMINGHAM, MA. - Early Friday afternoon, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick briefed reporters. "This is going to be a very serious weather event. If we get the amount of snow forecast, the recovery will be slow," Patrick said.
Snow was expected to fall up to 3 inches an hour in Eastern Massachusetts, potentially accumulating up to three feet, with even higher drifts.
Governor Patrick said they needed " to emphasize how critical it is that non-essential travel on the roads cease during this storm and in the immediate aftermath."
In Western Massachusetts, the snow forecast was for a bit less, but still very substantial. Governor Patrick issued an emergency order baring all non-emergency or non-essential travel throughout the Commonwealth.
In New York, the state's Emergency Monitoring Center was activated. Representatives from dozens of state and federal agencies hunkered down in an impact resistant bunker, taking reports from throughout the Empire State, ready to deploy aid when needed.
"This is a serious, severe storm, a winter storm, but we just went through some really terrible storms with Hurricane Sandy," Governor Andrew Cuomo said late Friday afternoon in New York City. "We are not anticipating anything like that. That's the good news."