Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has made a last-minute decision to visit Nantucket, one of the communities hardest hit by this week's blizzard.

About 3,500 customers on the island remained without power at mid-day Wednesday, nearly half of the state's total.

The island got a foot of snow, but was buffeted by high winds, including one gust of 76 miles per hour.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will still visit Marshfield. Both talked with local officials in Scituate.

Baker said he will be requesting federal damage assistance and is asking communities to tally their damage reports. He said he's not sure the state will meet the threshold for aid but "we will certainly put in the ask."

The state is sending front-loaders Scituate officials say they need to clear debris from three coastal streets to restore electricity.

In other post Blizzard of 2015 news, Boston's parking ban will be lifted at 5 p.m., but no decision has been made whether to reopen the city's schools on Thursday.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he would decide later Wednesday whether to open the schools. He said the top concern is whether the sidewalks are clear enough to ensure students can get to school safely.

Walsh said he also received a call from Vice President Joe Biden offering federal help to dig out of the two feet of snow the blizzard dumped on the city.