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South Shore, Cape preparing for winter storm

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The South Shore and Cape are about to get slammed again with the worst of a winter storm hitting the east coast on Tuesday.

Meteorologists are expecting snow and below-freezing temperatures, but the main concern is with the winds. Snow on the Cape is expected to be light and fluffy.

“They don’t seem to be too worried about this storm, but today we sold shovels, not a huge rush. Some batteries,” said Phil Rose, Satuit Hardware Manager.

Officials said the biggest threats are high winds and drifting snow, which means low visibility on the roads.

"We're expecting winds at 40-50 mph," said Capt. Robert Tripp of the Duxbury Police Department.

Workers have already begun pre-treating the roads, especially since in areas like Hyannis, it's been snowing since around noon.

Boston and other parts of the state are under a winter weather warning starting Tuesday. The heaviest amounts of snow are expected on the Cape. Firefighters have gassed up trucks and prepped gear.

Memories of the last storm are still fresh in southern residents’ minds.

"Part of the driveway was bare and part was up to my waist," said Charlene Richard of the last bout of strong winter weather.

On January 3, an astronomical high tide flooded neighborhoods along the coast. The National Guard in Duxbury had to rescue families stranded in their homes. High water levels are not expected to be a problem with this storm.

Many parts of the country have already been hit by the snow. Temperatures plunged below zero in North Dakota and northern Minnesota on Monday morning. The cold front is expected to expand south into Iowa and as far east as Maine by Tuesday night, and will remain entrenched through Thursday.

Scituate will be ready for power lines that could come down; they will be ready to help residents if they need help. However, the water in Scituate does not appear to be a big issue and flooding is not expected to be a problem.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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