Heavy snow blanketed some parts of Massachusetts with more than a foot of snow, as a fast-moving storm spread across the region.
A winter storm made travel difficult for the Monday morning commute, as visibility dropped down to a quarter mile at times as snow continues to accumulate on roadways.
Areas to the west and south of the city received the most snow, with 16 inches in Sharon, more than 15 in Weymouth and Foxborough, and 14 in Framingham and Natick, forecasters said.
“The snowfall is going to continue to push through with a snowfall rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour,” said StormTeam 5 meteorologist Kelly Ann Cicalese. “For areas south of Route 128, it’s near white out conditions.”
“In some parts of the city, it looks like we’ve gotten about 14 inches of snow,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. “We are asking people that if they can work from home, work from home.”
Gov. Charlie Baker announced an 11 a.m. delayed start time on Monday for all non-emergency state executive branch employees due to the storm.
“I think the big message is: Anywhere you plan to go today, please use public transportation. If you do have to go out on the roads and drive, be very careful. The conditions out there are pretty rugged,” Baker said.
As of early Monday morning, thousands of people were also without power due to the heavy, wet snow including nearly 60,000 customers throughout New England.
The MBTA and Commuter Rail are running a weekday train schedule, while buses and ferry service remain on a normal schedule.
“It’s going to take us at least two to three hours before we get the roads down to bare conditions, and a little longer for secondary roads,” Highway Administrator John Gulliver said. “It’s been a tough one. There is quite a bit of snow out there, and it is very slippery.
Hundreds of schools, including Boston and Worcester, canceled classes for Monday.
Very cold weather will follow the two storms next week, with forecast temperatures expected to be well below normal.