BOSTON (CBS) – Stay off the roads on Thursday.

That’s the plea from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and transportation officials as a nor’easter prepares to barrel into New England.

WBZ meteorologists are forecasting up to 14 inches of snow or more across much of the state, and blizzard warnings have been issued along the coast south of Boston.

(WBZ-TV Graphic)

(WBZ-TV Graphic)

Baker announced that state offices will be closed Thursday for non-emergency, executive branch state employees.

“Tomorrow’s forecast is expected to create hazardous driving conditions across many parts of the Commonwealth. To prioritize public safety, we are asking everyone to stay off the roads to allow crews to safely clear snow or use public transportation,” said Gov. Baker. “Please assist us by shoveling driveways and sidewalks in your communities, and be sure to lend a hand to neighbors in need.”

Gov. Baker has not issued any kind of “travel ban” on the roads ahead of the storm, but Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin is encouraging drivers to make “smart decisions.”

Several schools have already announced closures for Thursday ahead of the storm.

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If anyone has to commute on Thursday, they are urged to go slow and leave plenty of room for the plows to do their job.

More tips on safe winter driving from Massachusetts State Police can be found here.

Comments (2)
  1. Linda Kasper says:

    The problem isn’t people wanted to go out, the problem is their jobs demand them too. Companies need to stop making people go to work. Many retailers demand for their employees to come in no matter what even when there is a driving ban. This is from experiences my family has had.

  2. So will the Governor pay my days salary for staying home? I am NOT a State worker! Please send me the check! NOW!

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