TODAY | February 08, 2013
>> crews get ready all across the northeast this morning. people are making sure they are prepared for what's to come and time is almost up. ron mott is in providence, rhode island this morning. ron, good morning to you.
>> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. we're going to start with flurries here. that will, later in the day, give way to bucket loads of snow. at that point it's going to be too late to start getting ready. folks here in new england take pride for always being ready in storms like this. across new england it's time to pay up. a rush to fortify and hunker down on the home front , after last year's unusually quiet winter. the classic nor'easter has returned with a vengeance.
>> salt, shovel.
>> reporter: millions will need all that and more, forecasters say, from hartford to points north, south, east and west . they stocked up in new york city .
>> i'm preparing now for the snow with the ice.
>> not mesing around?
>> not messing around at all.
>> reporter: connecticut.
>> some milk and other odds and ends that i need for the weekend just in case i can't get out to the store.
>> reporter: around philadelphia --
>> ice melt, rock salt , calcium chloride. no sleds yet.
>> reporter: and boston, where a run on snowblowers emptied one store, leaving the mayor to warn fill up on common sense , too.
>> we're used to these types of storms. i also want to remind everyone to use common sense . stay off the streets of our city.
>> reporter: at noon, a parking ban goes into effect in boston and the governor has order ed nonemergency state employees to work from home. those trying to get out of dodge by air may be grounded for a while as thousands of flights have been canceled throughout the region.
>> we normally handle about 100,000 per day. we think there will be close to that number affected in a 24-hour period.
>> reporter: not since the blizzard of '78, deadly dumping of at least three feet of snow has new england braced this hard for a storm to rival that one.
>> i just felt the spirit of his taea hysteria come over me.
>>> flashlights and batteries. not so much candles. if we have widespread power outages, as we fear, the last thing official want to see is widespread fires. savannah?