Grocery stores shelves bare as people prepare for storm

WALTHAM, Mass. — It was a mad dash for the essentials at local grocery stores Wednesday.

Shoppers clearing shelves ahead of the first nor'easter of the year.

There was minimal parking and barely enough carts to go around at the Waltham Market Basket. And then when it came to the “essentials” - milk and bread – the shelves were bare by the end of the evening.

“I’ve got a gallon of milk because milk is an essential,” said one grocery-goer.

“Well, I was going get bread and milk. But there’s no bread or milk,” said another shopper.

Managers adjusted schedules to make sure extra employees are here, consistently restocking shelves on a Wednesday that looks more like a weekend.

“It’s the craziest I’ve ever seen it, this place. Even on weekends, it’s not this full,” said another shopper.

If you didn't happen to get to a grocery store and your cabinet is bare, there are several restaurants in the Boston metro with their doors open. 

The storm is expected to start moving into the area Thursday morning – full timing here. 

No word on how the dairy section looks.... The latest on the preparations:

Posted by Boston 25 News on Wednesday, January 3, 2018