The Snow Is Here: Experts Say "Take It Slow"

MEDFORD (WBZ NewsRadio) - Many of us are waking up to inches of the snow blanketing our neighborhoods. With Some areas are expected to see as many as 8 inches before it's all over, we've got some expert tips on how to stay safe from the first flake to the last.

National Weather Service Meteorologist, Matthew Belk, says the best thing you can do if you're out on the roads is give yourself time and give those plows their space. He also says a winter preparedness kit is key during storms. These kits should contain essentials for those wintry roads like salt, a small snow shovel, a blanket, water and some snacks, just in case.

The storm is already making a mess of the Friday morning commute. As of 6 a.m. about a dozen crashes had already been reported and the snow is starting to stick on roads like Route 24 in Bridgewater.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says it will deploy around 2,500 plows, front-end loaders and other equipment for this storm.

When it comes to airline travel, dozens of flights have already been canceled across the northeast, including a handful at Boston Logan International Airport.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announcing non-emergency state employees to stay home Friday and asked residents to do their best to stay off the roads and use public transportation if you have to venture out into the thick of it.

The City of Boston canceled school along with hundreds of other districts across the state. Many schools have already been dealing with widespread staffing issues in the last week.

WBZ NewsRadio's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports

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