Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement that non-emergency, executive branch state employees should not report to work shortly after a briefing on the storm and is urging everyone to stay off roadways if possible, allowing crews to clear snow that will accumulate across the state throughout the day.
The Berkshires will once again see subzero temperatures this weekend.
The National Weather Service says temperatures will continue to be bitter cold and another three to five inches of snow is expected to fall this week. A coastal storm is expected to coat the entire state with snow and the wind chill will as cold as -35 degrees in the Berkshires.
The weekend began mild and sunny, so typical of early fall weather in New England. But Sunday was expected to dawn cooler and wetter for the annual parade.
A rainy Nor'easter that was moving into the region was about to put a damper on the Fall Foliage Parade on that Sunday 20 years ago today. Disappointing but hardly catastrophic — the parade had marched in rain and cold before.
A major Nor'easter has dropped up to a foot of snow over the county by mid-Tuesday afternoon, with snowfall expected to intensify during the day. The Berkshires are still forecast for 18 to 30 inches of snow total.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a double whammy starting mid-Sunday morning with sleet and freezing rain ending in the afternoon; a second wave will bring snowfall at rates of up to 4 inches an hour beginning Monday morning and ending sometime later that day.
Cars on the road, sidewalks being plowed in, and speeding are all continual concerns for the City Council when it comes to the city's management of snow storms.
The council called on Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy Tuesday to discuss the snow plowing procedures. Turocy outlined the process and answered questions regarding issues relating to the efforts to clean up the roads during a storm.
When the snow storms hit, Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy has a plan in place to keep the roads safe.
"Public safety is really what is going to drive our decisions," Turocy said. "At the end of the day, public safety is No. 1 for us."