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State Workers Sent Home Ahead of Midweek Storm

Gov. Deval Patrick sent the workers home to help with what he said will be a tough evening commute.

Governor Deval Patrick sent state workers ahead of the Tuesday night snowstorm. File photo.
Governor Deval Patrick sent state workers ahead of the Tuesday night snowstorm. File photo.
Gov. Deval Patrick has sent state workers home and has asked private employers to do the same. The Tuesday afternoon announcement came ahead of a quick-hitting storm heading into New England Tuesday afternoon.

The system is expected to dump 8-10 inches of snow in the Boston area, with lighter totals expected north and west of the city. Cape Cod and southeast coastal Massachusetts can expect higher snowfall totals and blizzard conditions. 

By 3 p.m. Tuesday, snow had already started to fall on the Cape, prompting the governor to warn about a tough Tuesday night commute.

"If you're driving, be careful," said Patrick.

The storm has also forced the governor to postpone tonight's State of the Commonwealth address. The annual address will be rescheduled at a later date.

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