Winter Storm Stella snow 12-18 inches expected in the Greater Lowell area: Pic Sam Mwaura/Samrack Media
LOWELL — Winter Storm Stella may have had a slow start in central and eastern Massachusetts Tuesday morning but as of noon most parts of the state were experiencing the expected snowfall of 2 to 4 inches an hour, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a noon press conference.
Baker said all state police barracks are reporting very light traffic and no serious accidents as of yet, and thanked people for mostly staying off the roads.
“That’s good news so far, and we hope everybody continues to use their head, drive carefully if they have to go out, but most of all, we hope you can find a way to stay home” he said.
Baker urged drivers not to crowd the plows, especially as snowfall and wind gusts pick up and travel becomes more dangerous. He said the state and its contractors have 3,000 trucks and pieces of equipment out treating roads and clearing snow, and is preparing to send out more. State police also have an additional 200 patrols out, Baker said.