• State workers sent home early Thursday due to Nor'easter


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Gov. Deval Patrick announced state workers would be sent home at 3 p.m. Thursday as the worst of a slow-moving Nor'easter is expected to hit the region.

    The governor held a press conference at 12 p.m. to share updates on the storm response. He urged all private employers to take similar steps to ensure the safety of their employees and to aid the cleanup process. Patrick said he would make a decision for Friday later in the day.

    The National Guard was authorized to assist local and state response to the snow storm. Additional State Police troopers and 1,600 pieces of equipment were also on the roads.

    The Nor'easter is expected to bring up to 14" of snow to some areas of Massachusetts, with the heaviest accumulation happening between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.

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