WORCESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - Winter weather bearing down on New England had residents scrambling Monday to make final preparations as updated forecasts call for up to eight inches of snow falling in some locations. 

“We just need to make sure we’re prepared,” Dylan Deotte told 7NEWS. 

In Worcester, customers were buying rock salt Monday. Snow supplies including items such as shovels were also flying off store shelves at Barrows Hardware, where store owner Brian Barrows said he was happy to see the registers ringing. 

“That’s good,” Barrows said. “We need the business.”

DPW crews have also been making final preparations around the region, stockpiling mountains of salt while bracing for a long-duration storm and a longer week of wintry weather. 

At local supermarkets, no panic buttons were being pushed Monday. Customers were still snagging last minute items, though.

The entire state is expected to see some degree of snow, which is slated to start falling in western Mass. in the early evening before arriving on the other side of the state closer to midnight.

An early morning burst of snow may affect Tuesday morning’s commute before the snowfall returns to a slower pace later in the day, with the storm departing Tuesday evening.

Current estimates show anywhere from 5-8 inches of snow accumulating in Worcester County between tonight and tomorrow night, as well as in parts of northeastern Connecticut and northwestern Rhode Island.

Parts of southern New Hampshire will see similar totals, while along I-495 and eastward, possible totals are closer to 3-5 inches.

Shoreline communities are likely to be on the lower end of snow estimates, while the far reaches of the Cape might see anywhere from a coating to an inch.

The city of Worcester was among communities to declare a parking ban ahead of the storm on Monday. Worcester’s ban will take effect at midnight. 

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