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Patrick: No Major Issues From Nor’easter, Dangerous Cold Still A Concern

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BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick said the state appears to have handled the Nor’easter well.

As much as two feet fell in areas north of Boston.

“No major injuries and no major road closures, a little over a thousand power outages, which is as these things go, is pretty low. So far so good,” he told WBZ-TV Friday morning.

A car towed off I-290 in Shrewsbury, Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Dustin Fitch-Mass. State Police)

A car towed off I-290 in Shrewsbury, Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Dustin Fitch-Mass. State Police)

The major concerns now are the next high tide and the bitter cold temperatures.

“Obviously we will breathe a sigh of relief after the high tide at noon if we get through that without any major issues, but the cold temperatures are a real concern,” the governor said.

“We are expecting wind chill factors at 20 and 30 below tonight and the fact that the snow will have tapered off across the whole of the Commonwealth may give people a false sense of security. Temperatures at that low level are very, very dangerous. People are advised to stay inside, particularly elderly and young.”

State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey told WBZ there have been no major problems on the roads, but ice is an issue because the salt is not effective in such extreme temperatures.

Richard Davey talks to WBZ-TV

MBTA G.M. Beverly Scott talks to WBZ-TV

Boston had 14.6 inches of snow by the end of the storm, bringing the total for this winter to 26.3 inches.

An average winter in Boston usually has a little more than 40 inches.

At this point last year, the city had just 3.8 inches of snow.

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