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BOSTON (AP) – A winter storm that has already left areas of the south with more than six inches of snow moved to the northeast on Friday during the morning commute and prompted many school districts to close for the day .

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has urged people to stay off the roads and take public transportation if possible, as the storm is expected to fall as much as a foot of snow in coastal areas of the state.

There was already 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow in Hebron, Connecticut and 10 inches (25 centimeters) in Burrillville, Rhode Island by 8 a.m., according to National Weather Service observers.

Schools in Boston closed and public schools in Providence, Rhode Island switched to distance education, but New York City kept the nation’s largest public school system open.

“Children need to be educated. We have no more days to lose “after the pandemic’s many closures and distance learning days, said New York Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat struggling with his first big storm after taking office on Saturday He said he was also mindful of children who depend on school meals and working parents who cannot stay at home.

Authorities have urged caution on the roads and lower speed limits in some areas, but there have been numerous reports of accidents in the area.

A commuter bus got out of control and ended up blocking several lanes on the Massachusetts toll freeway just outside of Boston early Friday. No injuries were reported, but the bus caused a huge traffic jam.

A semi-trailer was jacked up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and forced the temporary closure of Interstate 95 southbound, state police said.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of state of emergency on Thursday evening and delayed opening state offices for non-essential employees until 11 a.m.

The storm has also affected coronavirus testing sites, many of which have been overwhelmed by long lines and are waiting for days. Some Rhode Island test sites have delayed their openings until later today when the storm is expected to start to subside. Test sites in Connecticut are closed.

Philadelphia Airports and Newark Liberty International have reported that many flights have been canceled or delayed. Northeastern airports have advised travelers to check with their airlines.

From late Thursday to Friday afternoon, 10 to 18 inches of snow was expected in parts of central and southern New Hampshire, as well as south-central and southwestern Maine, according to the Weather Service.

The storm brought record snowfall to parts of the south on Thursday.

Nashville saw 6.3-inch (16-centimeter) snowfall on Thursday, shattering the city’s previous record of 4 inches (10 centimeters) since 1977, the National Weather Service reported. Freezing rain and sleet covered areas around the Tennessee-Alabama border, said Scott Unger, a meteorologist for the service in Nashville.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear closed state offices Thursday at noon and then extended the shutdown until Friday.

The heaviest snowfall in Kentucky Thursday night was 20 to 23 centimeters (8 to 9 inches) in a swath from Elizabethtown to Bardstown and Nicholasville to Lexington, meteorologist Brian Schoettmer of the Louisville Meteorological Service office said. Eastern Kentucky recorded 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters), and far western Kentucky was about 3 inches (8 centimeters).

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