Shrewsbury Business Gears Up for Weather Impact This Week

As winter continues to linger in Shrewsbury, the arrival of spring has brought with it chirping birds and longer days. However, meteorologists are predicting that parts of Central Massachusetts will receive up to 8 inches of snow as a storm moves in on Wednesday.

At Papa’s Hardware, owner Fred Betti is bracing for the upcoming storm. The store has been stocking up on spring flowers, but with the expected snow, Betti knows they will need to find another use for them. Instead of blooms, he is putting out winter gear like shovels and ice melt, which fortunately are in ample supply.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a mix of snow and rain starting Wednesday morning, with Worcester likely seeing 1 to 2 inches of snow by evening. A winter storm watch has been issued for Northern Worcester County from Wednesday morning to Thursday evening, with total snow and sleet accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, potentially up to 8 inches near the New Hampshire border.

Betti mentioned that he has a delivery of cold-tolerant crops coming in on Wednesday, but due to the harsh weather, they will need to be brought inside immediately. As frustrating as it is to deal with winter weather in the spring, Betti is prepared for whatever comes on Wednesday, hoping for nicer weather soon.

By Samantha Johnson

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