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UPDATE: Storm Expected to Hit Cape & Islands

"Preparing early is better than waiting until too late," says Dukes County emergency manager Chuck Cotnoir, who adds that grocery stores will be open Wednesday.

Dukes County's emergency manager warns of a snowstorm predicted to begin late New Year's Day or early Jan. 2. (Louisa Hufstader photo)
Dukes County's emergency manager warns of a snowstorm predicted to begin late New Year's Day or early Jan. 2. (Louisa Hufstader photo)
Islanders may be ringing in the New Year with snow flurries that could increase to a full-on storm, according to the National Weather Service, which predicts snow beginning Wednesday and increasing Thursday.

Dukes County emergency manager Chuck Cotnoir advises residents to prepare now for an expected storm.

"Begin watching the weather in preparation for a snowstorm in the Thursday-Friday timeframe," Cotnoir wrote in an advisory message emailed late Monday.

Grocery stores are open Wednesday, Cotnoir said.

Cotnoir issued an update Tuesday night with information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

"The National Weather Service (NWS) is tracking a winter storm that will impact Massachusetts late Wednesday evening or early Thursday into Friday morning.

Although the storm currently is predicted to trend further offshore then initially expected, it is not far enough offshore to reduce the risk of possible extreme impacts.

If the storm follows the current track predictions, its greatest impacts will be in southern New England, the Cape and Islands."

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