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February Nor’easter: Blizzard conditions confirmed in New Bedford

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StormBeat: Blizzard-like conditions pummel Southern New England »

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI/AP) – New Bedford has announced that public schools will be closed again on Friday.

Gov. Charlie Baker urged people to stay off Massachusetts roads as the biggest snowstorm of the winter moves across the state throughout the day.

The National Weather Service confirmed that it’s officially a blizzard that hit New Bedford. Eyewitness News Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo said New Bedford was among several communities that had met blizzard criteria.

Feb. 9 Nor'easter collage
Photos: February Nor’easter

Eyewitness News Reporter Steph Machado reported that the wind was so strong at times, it practically knocked her over.

Massachusetts activated its emergency management bunker in Framingham to coordinate the response to the storm that’s expected to drop a foot or more of snow in some areas. The National Weather Service even issues a blizzard warning for coastal areas south of Boston.

The Republican said Thursday roads need to be clear so plows and sanders can do their work and emergency vehicles can make their way around.

Hundreds of departures from Logan Airport were canceled and airport officials were urging travelers to check with their airline. The state’s utilities were preparing for power outages and the state’s court system closed for the day.

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