“Prepare for the possibility of being shut in and at home for the next 24 or 48 hours,” Patrick advised. He said drifts could grow to five feet and while saying he understood the desire for some exploring once the storm subsided, he asked people do so safely. “There are hazards under this winter wonderland,” he said.
Cities and towns have declared snow emergency parking bans, including a ban in Boston that began at noon on Friday.
“Our number one goal right now is to make sure people stay safe,” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said in a statement. “The best thing everyone can do today and tomorrow is to stay home. Please stay off the roads, stay safe and let our Public Works crews work.”
Patrick advised people with generators to make sure to vent them, said people with wells should fill their bathtubs with water, and the cooling devices on refrigerators should be turned up.