Winter storm tracks east, hitting during morning commute

BOSTON (AP) — A winter storm that has already left areas of the South with more than 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow moved into the Northeast on Friday during the morning commute and prompted many school districts to close for the day.

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

There were 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 spotters.

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

“Children need to be in school. We don’t have any more days to waste”

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