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December 26, 2012

Storm expected to bring wintry mix to area

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts was prepping today for a winter storm that could drop up to 10 inches of snow in parts of the state.

The wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain and high winds is expected to arrive tonight and continue throughout the day tomorrow.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm watch for central and western Massachusetts, where forecasters say 8 to 10 inches of snow could fall.

In Boston and along the coast, warmer temperatures are expected to turn most of the precipitation into rain, with accumulations of an inch or two, at most.

A high wind watch has been issued for southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod. Forecasters say wind gusts could reach 60 mph, possibly bringing down power lines.

In Worcester, some were preparing for inclement weather by buying rock salt, shovels and windshield wash, Barrows Hardware president Brian Barrows said.

He called the volume of customers at his Webster Street store very steady this morning.

"You do get that supermarket effect for sure," he said of shoppers stocking supplies before a storm.

There were no flight delays or cancellations at Logan International Airport in Boston by early this afternoon.

"Right now, everything's running normally," airport spokesman Richard Walsh said.

But Walsh said as the day progresses, travelers should contact their airlines directly to check the status of their flights.

At Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, officials were hoping nature would augment the machine-made snow that's on trails now. And the storm's timing during school holiday vacations also had them pumped up.

"We love snow," ski area spokesman Tom Meyers said. "We're ready for it and this is perfect timing to give this season a little bit of a boost because it's been limping along."

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