Hardware stores, gas stations see sudden surge of customers ahead of storm

Hardware stores, gas stations and supermarkets saw a surge of customers Monday just hours ahead of a blizzard that is expected to bring over a foot of snow to the Bronx. 



Customers flocked to hardware stores in the Parkchester section of the Bronx in search of snow shovels and salt, some even spending hours searching. 



One man says it took him three hours of driving around the borough to finally find a store that had shovels and salt. 



Many stores' snow preparation supplies are dwindling from the last snowstorm in February. 



Residents also rushed to the pumps to fill up their gas tanks.



Tuesday's blizzard is expected to start impacting the region after midnight and could last into the evening hours of Tuesday.



News 12 meteorologists say the major snowstorm could drop 12-18 inches of snow, with the heaviest of snow wrapping up by 3 p.m.


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