Massachusetts governor declares state of emergency

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, right, delivers his inaugural speech after taking the oath of office, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in the House Chamber of the Statehouse, in Boston. Baker said in his speech that some of the state's toughest challenges have been pushed aside or ignored. Mass. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, left, and Mass. Secretary of State William Galvin, second from left, listen. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and banned all non-essential motor vehicle travel during the approaching blizzard.

Photos: Northeast blizzard of 2015

Baker announced at the state’s emergency management bunker that based on forecasts, the storm could be one of the top five all-time in terms of snowfall, with two to three feet expected around the state. Strong winds could result in widespread power outages, and the governor warned that it could take several days before all power is restored.

The state of emergency is effective immediately and the ban on non-essential travel begins at midnight. The MBTA also plans to suspend all service at midnight.

Baker said Monday he has pre-positioned 500 members of the National Guard to be quickly deployed if needed.

A coastal flood warning has been posted for the early Tuesday.

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