Boston schools close, New York declares state of emergency as winter storm persists

Dec. 3 (UPI) — A post-Thanksgiving winter storm that dumped inches of snow on the Northeast was expected to continue its onslaught Tuesday, according to officials.

The storm that killed at least seven people Monday was expected to continue affecting New England with heavy snow, the National Weather Service said, stating its Winter Storm Warning would remain in effect until noon Tuesday.

“Plan on slippery road conditions,” it said. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.”

NWS forecast an additional two to five inches of snow with wind gusts as high as 35 mph for much of Massachusetts Tuesday Morning.

Gov. Charlie Baker advised residents to avoid driving if they can and to “build in extra time” in their morning commute and consider taking public transportation.

He announced via Twitter a 10 a.m. start to the business day for all non-emergency state executive branch employees.

Meanwhile, Boston Public Schools canceled all classes and after school activities.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged drivers to stay off the roads after a bus accident on Monday evening.

“If you have to drive, use caution,” he said.

Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Ulster Counties due to the storm, activating 300 members of the National Guard to assist with snow removal and cleanup in the seven counties.

“Our state is no stranger to this type of extreme winter weather and these additional measures will be critical in our efforts to keep all New Yorkers safe throughout the remainder of this storm,” he said.

The storm entered the region Sunday and by 10 p.m. Monday night had dropped 18.3 inches of snow on Albany, the NWS said.

More than 75,000 people were without power Tuesday morning in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan, according to PowerOutage.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said via Twitter his office was closing monitoring the situation and “pressing the utilities to get the lights back on as quickly and safely as possible.”

The storm was also impacting flights early Tuesday with nearly 170 flights were canceled and 184 were delayed, according to FlightAware.