Local residents preparing for the year’s first major winter storm

Hampden County

Numerous western Massachusetts residents rushed to the grocery stores to stock up on food ahead of Saturday night’s snowstorm.

Related: Severe Weather Alert: Weekend storm to bring significant snow, some sleet and freezing rain 

Gas stations were also busy with people fueling up their cars for the first major winter storm of the season.

Agawam resident Scott Brown told 22News, the importance of planning ahead for severe weather. “The most important thing is preparation. Make sure people have their vehicle topped of with gas, their batteries are charged, same with snowblowers.” 

Whether it was at the liquor or grocery store, many western Massachusetts residents made sure to plan ahead for the weekend’s snowstorm. In areas like the Stop and Shop in Feeding Hills, it was difficult just finding a parking spot on Saturday.

Phipps Discount Liquors in Feeding Hills had a constant rush of customers since the moment they opened Saturday. They said many of their customers wanted to make sure they had alcohol for Sunday’s big Pats Game. 

“Everybody is getting prepared for the storm and the game. We had a parking lot full when we came even at 9,” Manager Amria Coughlen told 22News. “People are just gettin ready with lots of beer wine and lots of celebrating.”

With the potential for severe winter weather Saturday night into Sunday, some residents wanted to avoid the roads at all costs.

“Our plan is to stay pretty close to the house over the next two days,” said Scott Brown. “We have fuel, we have food, and we have a good attitude.”

Related: List of local parking bans in western Massachusetts

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