BOSTON — The twin nor'easters that battered the region in recent days could prompt action by lawmakers to better protect Massachusetts from future storms.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to file legislation this week to address issues such as coastal resiliency and climate adaptation, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
While it's not yet clear what Baker will propose or how much it might cost, he said last week the state has "a lot of work to do," and must seek different approaches to protecting vulnerable coastal communities from damaging tides.
Democratic legislative leaders agreed. House Speaker Robert DeLeo said both short- and long-term solutions are needed to fortify the coastline against powerful storms that seem to be arriving on a more frequent basis.
Senate President Harriette Chandler added: "We can't do it like we have before."
Even as the administration was readying legislation, emergency management officials were warning about another nor'easter headed toward New England.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said in a release Sunday another storm could hit the state overnight Monday into Tuesday, bringing "the potential for accumulating snow over much of the state that could impact the Tuesday morning and afternoon commutes, and possible minor coastal flooding on ocean-exposed eastern shorelines."
MEMA said snow could reach 6 inches or more, but it's not expected to be as wet and heavy as the most recent storm, "which should lower the risk for tree and wire damage."
The agency predicted wind gusts of 15-25 mph inland, 25-45 mph along the eastern coast, and 45-50 mph on the Cape and Islands. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for central, northeast, and eastern Massachusetts.
The weather service said, "Confidence is increasing that a coastal storm will impact southern New England Monday night and Tuesday with accumulating snow, gale to storm-force winds to the coastal waters, and perhaps minor coastal flooding to the eastern Massachusetts coast."
National Weather Service maps, released at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, show 12 to 18 inches of snow possible for the North Shore.