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Shoppers pack stores at the start of storm

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Shoppers are filling stores across the Hudson Valley, in the midst of the snow storm. Some people tell our Eva McKend, they waited until the storm to start shopping in order to avoid crowds.

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - "I bought what I call snow food, little snacks and some fruits, just like little hors d'oeuvres to eat when it snows," said Town of Crawford resident Helen Spann.

Unafraid of the elements, shoppers across the Hudson Valley braved the snow.

Some said they purposely waited until the storm began, arguing the stores are worse in the hours before the snow even hits.

"I was getting food, drinks, batteries for my flashlight and things like that just in case we can’t get out," said George Boundy.

Despite the frigid temperatures people buying everything from flashlights to ice melt and shovels had a good attitude, taking the wintry weather mix in stride.

"I make the best of it. We live in Upstate New York in the middle of December, so we got to expect the weather," said Brian Eller.

"I’m definitely going to go sledding like a little kid. I don’t care if I’m 26 or 36, it doesn’t matter," said Boundy.

Not everyone was nervous about the last minute rush to the grocery store.

Some shoppers said they anticipated and even prepared for the crowd.

"I’m not one of these people that panics every time there is a little storm," said Cynthia Forsythe.

"We live in the Northeast and these sort of things have to be expected and since it’s on a weekend it’s a great time to spend with family and friends and just hunker down and make sure everyone is safe," said Paul Scatenato.

Still, some disappointment set in as in the midst of shopping, many learned events they hoped to attend were canceled.

"We had a show in Middletown at Brian’s Backyard BBQ and it’s going to be canceled," said Gabriel Butterfield of the Gabriel Butterfield Band.

It could be just the beginning as more snow is likely to greet the region in the coming months.

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