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Northeasterners gear up for a major snowstorm

Residents of the Northeast grabbed shovels and lined up for groceries Saturday and state agencies went on alert as meteorologists warned that a major nor'easter could pile a foot or more of snow across the region.

Winter storm watches were in effect from Virginia beginning Sunday and extending into Wednesday for the New England states, the National Weather Service said.

Hardware store owner Art D'Armiento in North Brunswick, N.J., ran out of snow shovels Saturday morning and picked up another shipment, but 15 minutes later he was sold out again.

"People were fighting over them," he said.