The Latest on a winter storm that is expected to drop as much as 10 inches of snow on some areas of the Northeast (all times local):

9 a.m.

Massachusetts officials are asking people to stay off the roads between the morning and evening commutes to allow snow-clearing equipment to do their jobs.

The state Transportation Department said it had deployed more than 2,100 pieces of snow-clearing and road-treating equipment.

What started off as rain Friday morning quickly turned to sticky, heavy snow.

The state Emergency Management Agency warned that the snow could bring power outages, but as of 8:30 a.m. there were only about 1,000 statewide.

Many school districts the region closed for the day, including in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

The National Weather Service says Friday's storm is expected to leave 6 to 8 inches of snow in the Boston area and 4 to 8 in Providence, Rhode Island.

The storm is expected to peter out in the afternoon.

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7:15 a.m.

A winter storm that started off as rain during the morning commute is expected to turn over to snow later in the day and drop as much as 10 inches in some areas of Massachusetts.

The National Weather Service says Friday's storm is expected to leave 6 to 8 inches of snow in the Boston area and 6 to 10 in the Worcester area. Snowfall amounts are expected to be lower in southeastern and western parts of the state.

The state Transportation Department had deployed almost 1,200 pieces of snow clearing and road treatment equipment on Friday morning while the city of Boston had more than 400 pieces out.

Dozens of school districts across the state have canceled classes for the day, including Boston, Worcester and Springfield.