Work from home if you can.
That’s the word from state highway officials as they prepare for a winter storm Tuesday that’s expected to add only about a half a foot to the season’s low snow total but wallop the evening commute.
“We are asking people throughout the commonwealth to make smart, safe decisions … such as taking advantage of public transportation, working from home if possible and leaving early for their afternoon commute,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.
“Based on all the reports we’ve seen so far, when it starts to snow it’s going to snow very hard for a pretty long period of time and there’s going to be a ton of quick accumulation,” Gov. Charlie Baker said.
“The most important thing for people to do is use their best judgment, recognize that a lot of schools are probably going to cancel their afternoon activities and to plan accordingly” he said.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory through 7 a.m Wednesday morning, warning that the system has the potential to peak as commuters head home.
“Biggest concern are the impacts for the Tuesday afternoon into evening commute,” the weather service said. “Hazardous travel conditions with slick roadways, especially if left untreated, are expected.”
Snow totals are forecast to range from 6-7 inches across the northern band of the state, 5-6 through the middle, including Boston, and 2-4 in the southeast part of the state and on the Cape and Islands. After an initial period of snow, the storm is expected to deliver sleet and freezing rain until it tapers off.
School officials in Worcester cancelled classes ahead of the storm, writing in a tweet, “Due to impending storm on Feb 12, 2019, Worcester Public Schools will be closed. Head Start, before and after school activities and programs are also cancelled.”
Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said crews would be out preparing roadways ahead of the snow.
“People who are driving should consult a forecast before heading out, give plenty of space to plows and snow and ice equipment, and consider taking public transportation when possible,” Gulliver said.