As spring arrives in Shrewsbury, the town is greeted by the chirping of birds and longer days. However, forecasters predict that parts of central Massachusetts could receive up to 8 inches of snow as a storm moves in on Wednesday.

Papa’s Hardware owner Fred Betty is preparing for the impending storm. While shipments of spring flowers have been arriving at the store, they will have to be kept indoors due to the expected snow. Instead, Betty is stocking up on winter gear such as shovels and ice melters, which are fortunately in ample supply.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Northern Worcester County from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening, with potential accumulations of 2 to 4 inches of snow and sleet. In Worcester itself, 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected by evening, with a mix of rain and snow predicted to start on Wednesday morning.

Betty noted that a shipment of cold-tolerant crops is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, but due to bad weather conditions, they will need to be brought inside immediately. Despite the frustrations that come with dealing with winter weather in the springtime, Betty remains ready for whatever comes his way and hopes for better weather soon.

By Samantha Johnson

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