A man in his 20s was found dead Saturday in a running car in the city's Mattapan neighborhood, MacDonald said. Two children who also were overcome in a car in East Boston were taken to a hospital and expected to recover.
Snow accumulation, downed tree limbs and other damage from high winds and the overall age of the transit system made restoration challenging, said Beverly Scott, the MBTA's general manager. Streets that were impassable or significantly narrowed by the snow will also make it difficult for some buses to get through.
Still, Scott said she hoped for the system to be fully restored by Monday, albeit with some delays.
"Give yourself more time and expect that it is going to take us more time," Scott advised customers. "But we are going to be fully operational."
One concern going forward was a forecast for rain Monday. While warmer temperatures might begin melting snow, the rain on top of snow-laden roofs could pose a danger of collapse.
"We are encouraging people as they can do so safely to use snow rakes and so forth to move the snow off of their roofs," Patrick said.