(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston) - The snowflakes haven't started falling yet and already several cities and towns throughout New England have declared snow emergencies.
Several area schools have already cancelled classes Thursday, others through the weekend - including the city of Boston.
South Boston resident Kristin Bowles said, "I think that seems a little premature, I would probably wait until the snow starts to make that call."
Another Boston resident, Abby Curtis said, "It's pretty aggressive, I think it's a little early, I mean we'll see but I remembered last year something like this happened and they did a similar thing and it ended up not being as bad as they thought it was going to be."
Some welcome the predicted snowstorm because it means an extended holiday break. Slade Patterson who's supposed to be flying to Atlanta for work said, "Hopefully I don't have to go to work tomorrow or Friday, good for the kids too."
It also means potential parking wars, with both DCR and Boston parking bans starting at noon Thursday and some cities and towns instituting parking bans even earlier.
Patterson said, "It's just tough to have to dig out a spot and then people start marking them and they're there for two weeks and as long as the snow is there you've got to fight for a parking spot."
Bowles said, "I think it makes it really difficult for residents to find spots and I'm expecting so I'm driving around for 30 minutes and it can be really difficult."
With an extended storm expected to last from late Wednesday night into Friday morning, people are already stocking up and preparing to be stuck inside until the weekend.
Niki Lamperelli who's preparing for the storm said, "Some people take it a little out of control and they stock up for some huge thing and it's just like, just some snow."
Curtis said, "It's like Black Friday in there, people are just scrambling to get whatever they can."