- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Snow was in the air even before the first flakes started falling in Massachusetts.

Across the region, people scurried to gas up their cars, stock up their refrigerators and charge up their phones Monday ahead of a storm many feared could turn out to be epic. Here’s what some of them had to say:

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“We’re all New Englanders. If you’re not used to snow, I don’t know what you’re doing here.” - Jason Finkelstein, general manager of Westborough Ace Hardware.

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“I stocked up on food and salt and shovels. I think it’s going to be a bad storm, but it isn’t anything we aren’t used to in New England.” - Lisa Guidi, 33, shopping at a Wegmans grocery store in Chestnut Hill.

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“I’ve pulled out all the flashlights and the batteries, just making sure everything is charged. I think because the reports are saying two feet that it could be a bad storm. Even one foot of snow is enough to set us back.” - Parker Rice, 31, of Newton.

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“From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. this morning, I sold an entire day’s worth of gas, which is very unusual. This is beyond what it is for a typical snowstorm. People are having their windshield wiper fluid topped off. It’s not usually like this.” - Mike Iarossi, owner of a Mobil gas station in Newton.

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“I didn’t have any groceries so I just bought a bunch of food. Some of the shelves were empty. We’re used to these big snowstorms in New England, but two to three feet all at once and 50 to 60 mile per hour winds? That’s a different story.” - Ben Schickel, 24, grocery shopping in Chestnut Hill.

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“I’m bringing in lots of wood for the stove in case the power goes out. And I’m stocking up on food - and wine. I think they’re making too big a deal out of it, but it could be a bigger deal than I think. We’ll see.” - Brett Rutledge of Westborough.


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