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Gas Stations Busy Ahead Of Storm

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Gas stations around western Massachusetts were busy Thursday night as people filled up before the storm.

“This is the third gas station I’ve been to and there is lines everywhere,” said Jeff Smith, Southampton.

People were planning ahead so they don’t get stuck on the side of the road.

“I figured just in case because the storms you know in the past have been worse than expected.  You’ve heard of gas lines,” said Sarissa Markowitz, Williamsburg.

Cumberland Farms gas stations on Newton St in South Hadley and on Memorial Drive in Chicopee were so busy they ran out of gas for a little while Thursday night.   Cumberland Farms spokeswoman Carin Warner said tanker trucks would be out until 2 a.m. refueling stations.  She adds they’ll be back on the road doing the same thing during the storm until conditions become unsafe.

Beside gas tanks people were also filling up their snowmobiles and stocking up for their storm clean up equiptment.

“I am filling up now with the snow blower can … and we’ll see what tomorrow brings,” said Rick Yarran, Easthampton.

“I’ve never seen so many come here at once in my life,” said Wayne Lacey, Hatfield

Wayne Lacey filled up his tank, but wasn’t concerned about the storm.  He was wondering what all the fuss was about.

“They are worried about the snow, but what are they filling up for they ain’t going no where right,” said Lacey.

State and local officials are urging people to stay off the roads during the height of the storm to keep them open for clean up crews.

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