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Ice melt hard to find as another storm arrives

Charles Street Supply on Beacon Hill was completely out of snow-melt products on Friday.
Charles Street Supply on Beacon Hill was completely out of snow-melt products on Friday.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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With another storm on the way at the end of the weekend New Englanders are preparing a familiar routine: loading up on the ice melt to keep their sidewalks and driveways clear.

Good luck.

The extended cold this winter has prompted such a run on snow- and ice-melt products that many retailers said they are out of stock and having trouble getting resupplied. BJ’s Wholesale Club has had to find additional suppliers.

“We are getting limited supplies of the snow melt to our distribution center, and it’s going out as quickly as it’s coming in,” BJ’s spokeswoman Kelly McFalls said. “Normally we get our snow melt from one vendor, but we are not getting enough.”

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