Area residents stocked up on groceries and city officials readied snow removal equipment, all preparing for winter's blast expected later today.
"I think it's a big storm," said one area resident shopping at Market Basket in New Bedford. "I'm going back home."
Another shopper, though, seemed to take it all in stride.
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"If you're a New Englander, you're used to this," she said. "You brush it off."
Possibly a foot of snow and gusting winds of up to 50 mph are expected on the South Coast later today and overnight into Sunday.
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said he is keeping a close eye on the conditions and the city's response.
"My biggest concern is power outages because we'll have a heavy, wet snow," he said. "The wind will be blowing. We'll keep an eye out for lines down."
Mitchell urged any area residents who see a power line down to call 911 so the police can attend to it.