WMass missed snowfall jackpot; businesses resuming operations

Many local stores plan to open on Wednesday

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The snowfall jackpot all went to central and eastern Massachusetts. In western Massachusetts, you can expect to see a coating to about an inch of additional snow Tuesday night, but for the most part, main roads are passable, and many grocery stores were back in business.

It was a snow day for many western Massachusetts families. Chekquita Barnes of Springfield told 22News, “Make some soup, stay in and watch movies. Catch up on some TV I haven’t seen, movies we haven’t seen. And let her go back out and play in the snow a little bit more.”

The first significant snowstorm of 2015 dropped anywhere from 5 to 14 inches of snow, depending on where you live in western Massachusetts. However, by Tuesday afternoon, DPW crews had cleared the roads, the Governor lifted the travel ban for our region, and supermarkets re-opened.

Dozens of cars filled the Big Y parking lot on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield. Just down the road, Stop & Shop here on Route 5 also opened its doors on Tuesday, and a few shoppers came out to pick up winter items and food.

Some snow essentials like shovels, flew off the shelves. Doug Zimmerman, assistant manager at Big Y West Springfield, said “We don’t have too many shovels left, we got a few left.”

Grocery stores replaced the food items that sold out before the storm. “We’ve got just about everything you’d still expect to find at our store. We are in the process of re-stocking, so we’re trying to get back in business,” Zimmerman said.

Many small shops and restaurants remained closed, but plan to open Wednesday.

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