Governor Deval Patrick lifts driving ban for Western Mass.

Feb 9, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is lifting a ban on driving on Massachusetts roads as of 4 p.m.

The driving ban that went into effect at 4 p.m. Friday because of the massive snowstorm is lifted immediately for Nantucket County and communities west of Interstate 91. It's lifted for everyone else as of 4 p.m. Saturday.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

The governor says on Twitter that people should still stay off the roads unless they must go out so plows, utility crews and safety officials can clear streets and restore power.

Officials say the ban helped limit the number of motorists stranded as more than 2 feet of snow fell in some places overnight.

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