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Queens battens down for winter storm

The check-out lines at Stop & Shop in the BayTerrace shopping center are clogged with worried shoppers.
Photo by Michael Shain
By TimesLedger staff

By TIMESLEDGER STAFF

News that our unusually mild winter was about to give way to the season’s first major snowstorm sent people scrambling Wednesday night.

What was business like at the big Shop & Stop in Bay Terrace? “Crazy,” was all one bagger had time to say as he hustled to keep up with the long lines of shoppers.

At the Home Goods store in the same mall, crowds swarmed the bedding department, pulling down comforters from the shelves.

The National Weather Service posted winter storm warnings at mid-afternoon Wednesday for New York City and most of the southern part of the state, predicting up to a foot of snow. The warning is effective from midnight through 6 p.m. Thursday.

Worse, the snow is expected to be wet and heavy, the service said, making visibility and travel difficult all day Thursday.

The MTA began cancelling express trains after rush hour Wednesday because it needed the underground tracks where express trains run to store cars it usually keeps outside.

The city’s Emergency Management Department issued a hazardous travel advisory for all of Thursday and government officials from the mayor to the governor released stern statements warning people to prepare for the storm.

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