Skip to comments.Patrick Declares State Of Emergency, Announces Travel Ban In Mass
Posted on 02/09/2013 5:12:55 AM PST by CharlesThe Hammer
BOSTON (CBS) Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts Friday afternoon for the blizzard that could bring up to 3 feet of snow.
He also announced he has signed an executive order to ban all travel on all roads in the state starting at 4 p.m. Friday.
There are some exceptions to the ban, including emergency workers, those who work in hospitals and media, and others required to be at their jobs.
The governor said rapid snowfall of 2-3 inches per hour will make for, extremely dangerous conditions, and will make safe travel nearly impossible.
This is the first time that a Massachusetts governor has issued an executive order like this since the Blizzard of 1978.
But back then it was put in place after the storm.
Patrick did not say when this ban would be lifted.
If you dont have an exemption and youre caught on the road, the penalty could be as steep as a $500 fine or, at worst, a year in jail.
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BUT ITS THE WORST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!
If a storm, like this, were to hit Alberta, the collectivecresponse would be, “eh, meh”
Hundreds of Cars Stuck on Long Island Expressway
Police in New York say hundreds of cars have gotten stuck on the Long Island Expressway during a massive snowstorm and dozens of disabled motorists are still on the road.
Suffolk County police say cars began getting stuck Friday afternoon because weather conditions have been so bad. Authorities say vehicles are backed up and can't pass one another, and mounds of snow from plows have made it difficult for them to exit the highway.
Police say disabled motorists remain on the road early Saturday, and officers are working to get them off the road and make sure they're safe.
The Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway are both shut down in Suffolk County except for emergency vehicles.
Authorities say no injuries have been reported.
Lame comment. Looking at Edmonton Albert's weather record, they never got much snow as we some people got in Mass., Conn and LI last night.
Another lame comment.
It is news when major populated areas get 2' to 3' of snow.
Disabled motorists? Are they in motorized wheelchairs?
I'm sure the idiot governor would have but he's too busy telling the cops to take our guns away.
It is not safe or practical to drive in this weather. Regardless of the deep contempt with which I regard mini-me Coupe d’Val, the ban is probably a good idea. It irks my libertarian instincts, but these are public roads, paid for and maintained by “the public”, i.e., taxpayers. I recognize the right of fools to act recklessly, but the taxpayers will have to pay to rescue them and clean up the mess. Hunker down and enjoy the down time.
I agree. I dare anyone to try and drive in a storm dumping, at some points, up to four inches an hour.
Yep, I just looked at the Edmonton records; the most snow they’ve ever gotten in one day is a piddly 10 inches, many locations in New England will have double that amount from this storm in a 24 hour period, with a lot of the snow that fell early being heavy and wet - I bet all the snow in Edmonton is fluffy powder.
Of course, mocking the East Coast is a cottage industry on FR.
What, no disabled mediots huddled and shivering, broadcasting from beneath a lump in the middle of I-95?
If not, the media were kindly equipped with Snowcats and Humvees courtesy Il Duce Deval, I presume?
What, they weren’t? My goodness, how did they manage not to impede other Important People, then?
It’s a miracle, I tell you!
The east coast ends just below DC, I guess.
I used to live in Mammoth, been there done that. One Thanksgiving weekend about 20 years ago it SNOWED 6 feet in 12 hours, YES WE DROVE and WENT SKIING. Sounds to me like the Northeast is filled full of WUSSES.
Many Albertans, even when living in the city, has those neat rural toys like skidoos, and tractors. We’re a lot better prepared to handle that sort of weather, on an individual basis, than a state like Massecheutts.
Just call us Northern Kentucky. Yee-haw.
I live on a side cul-de-sac. It has been plowed all night, currently about 4” on the road. All this despite the state of CT taking plows off the road and forcing my town and the neighboring town to take over to keep the main roads to a hospital open.
Yes, an isolated ski resort in the mountains of 8,000 people with routine massive snows is directly comparable to a densely urbanized region of 15 million plus people that receives a snow like this once a decade.
So you think it is safer to travel on winding mountain roads in heavy snow than mostly FLAT ROADS in a City?? Little early to be drinking aint it?