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Baker Warns Travelers To Stay Home, But No Official Travel Ban

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Gov. Charlie Baker says metro Boston's aging MBTA subway lines will be operating on an "abbreviated" schedule and not normal workday times. Commuter trains will attempt to maintain a weekday schedule, but delays are likely.

Boston's Logan International Airport will be allowing only a limited amount of flights to arrive and depart Monday so travelers should check with their airlines. The Governor said state offices will be closed Monday, with only emergency workers required to report for duty.

The Governor said there will be no statewide travel ban due to how the storm’s hitting the state.

"If you're in Bristol County, or Barnstable County you're talking about a very different level of snow accumulation than we're seeing in Worcester and Essex and Suffolk and Middlesex," Baker said. "Franklin, Hamden, Hampshire, Berkshire County... a lot of snow out there as well. But generally speaking because the storm didn't hit the state quite the same way across the commonwealth, a travel ban didn't make a lot of sense."

Baker encouraged people to work from home and avoid travelling if possible.

He said the "cumulative" impact of the storm is a major challenge, as parts of Massachusetts have already seen over 60 inches of snowfall over two weeks.

Text from the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Patrick Garrett graduated with a dual degree from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications, Concentration in Production and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry. A former newsroom intern who joined the WAMC staff in 2014, he worked at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where he sold tickets. He is an Eagle Scout from Saratoga Springs and writes and plays music in his free time.

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