Governor declares state of emergency - road travel banned

Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and banned cars from the road this afternoon as Massachusetts braces for a potentially historic blizzard  that could blanket the state with more than 2 feet of snow, whip up winds to 70 miles per hour, and batter the coast with giant waves.

Patrick announced the vehicle ban, which will go into effect at 4 p.m., at a news conference at the state's emergency bunker in Framingham. The state will lift all tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike as of 2 p.m.

He said the state of emergency would allow the state to "implement emergency measures to ensure the safety of our residents and take appropriate steps to mobilize state assets."

Read more in the Boston Globe