A winter storm expected to blanket Greater Boston with up to 10 inches of snow overnight prompted the cancellation of Monday classes in Boston’s public schools and in schools in many other communities.
Forecasters expected the Boston area to be one of the hardest-hit spots during the storm, along with Worcester and the North Shore. Central and Western Massachusetts were expected to get about 6 to 8 inches of snow.
All Boston Public Schools after-school activities were canceled, too, school and city officials announced Sunday afternoon.
Boston resident Kisha Cain, 41, said she felt lucky having a 16-year-old in high school who could watch her 8-year-old during the snow day while she is at work.
“Back a couple years ago it would have been really tough,” said Cain, who’s an administrative assistant at a hospital. “I would have had to take a whole day off.”
Cain said her children were excited to hear they would have the day off.
“They’ve been waiting for this,” Cain said in a phone interview Sunday night. “They were even thinking, ‘Wow, we’re not going to have any snow this year.’ ”
Any schools with athletic events scheduled for Monday evening are advised to check with their team leaders during the day for additional information, according to a statement on the Boston schools website.
The schools’ administrative offices will be open, and all administrative employees will be expected to report to work, according to the statement. The Boston Center for Youth and Families community centers will be open Monday during regular hours starting at 7:30 a.m., the statement said.
Many other municipalities have also announced school cancellations, including Brockton, Chelsea, and Wellesley.
The snow was expected to begin falling between 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, starting off light and reaching peak intensity between 1 and 6 a.m. before tapering off by 9 a.m.
The storm system was traveling north from the southeastern coast, according to the weather service, where media reports have said several tornados caused extensive damage and at least 14 deaths were reported as of Sunday night.
Temperatures were expected to drop into the low 30s through most of the overnight hours and then increase to about 40 degrees throughout the day Monday.
Monday night was expected to be far colder with temperatures reaching the low 20s and windchills dipping into single digits.
In a statement Sunday night, Governor Charlie Baker announced that state offices will open at an 11 a.m. delayed start time on Monday.
All Boston city departments and agencies, including the Boston Public Library, will be open during normal business hours, according to a statement from Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Boston City Hall will also be open.
“We are encouraging residents to use caution when traveling, assist older neighbors and those who are disabled, and keep up with the shoveling of their property throughout the storm,” Walsh said in the statement.
But despite the forecast, no parking ban or snow emergency was put into effect.
MBTA officials said in a statement that they did not anticipate service interruptions Monday morning, but they urged customers to allow for additional travel time in their commutes due to the storm.
The agency’s crews were preparing for the storm by “prepositioning snow fighting equipment, restocking supplies of salt, and calling in crews to monitor snow and ice buildup at MBTA and Commuter Rail [facilities].”
The T said it would call in crews to handle any fallen trees or debris that might prevent overhead wires and switches from functioning properly, the statement said.
The MBTA might replace 60-foot buses with 40-foot buses in some areas to ensure that they can safely maneuver the icy conditions, the statement said. Some buses may operate on snow routes depending on the intensity of the storm.
Ferry routes were expected to run on regularly scheduled weekday service Monday, the statement said. No service changes were planned for the RIDE, but the MBTA warned that snow and ice could affect driving conditions.
Riders were also encouraged to check weather forecasts before traveling Monday morning and MBTA.com for the latest service information.
Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the T’s commuter rail service, said commuter rail lines were expected to run on regularly scheduled service Monday.
Logan International Airport had 201 delays and 65 cancellations on Sunday, 54 of which were were Boston-bound flights, according to the tracking site FlightAware as of 8:20 p.m. Sunday.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation asked drivers to exercise caution Monday morning by reducing speeds and giving space to other vehicles, according to a statement.
The statement also said MassDOT will be deploying snow and ice operations throughout the Commonwealth depending on the conditions. MassDOT has approximately 3,900 pieces of available state and vendor equipment this winter, including more than 1,400 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders, the statement said.