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As a “potentially historic” snowstorm barrelled through the northeastern states earlier this week, blizzard warnings were also issued for parts of the Maritimes. But while Americans were stocking up on essentials like radios, batteries and flashlights, Nova Scotians seemed to have different priorities in mind when it came to riding out the storm:

That’s right, #stormchips was trending all day as hordes of eager shoppers stocked up on their favourite salty snacks before the extreme weather hit. It seems that they’ve become so comfortable with winter over on the east coast, that the season’s most fearsome weather patterns are all but a novelty. Case in point:

Maritimers were clearly taking those weather warnings super seriously. In fact, there was actually such a frenzy for the chips, that stores had to start adding security measures just to prevent theft. Have you ever seen security tags on a bag of Doritos before?

Only on the east coast, folks. But other businesses took a different approach, offering storm-chip-related promotions:

Now that the storm’s over though, Maritimers are dealing with the ugly aftermath of their epic night of binge-snacking. Talk about the morning after!

This tradition is in pretty stark contrast to what’s happening south of the border though, where residents in Boston have coined something called the “blizzard challenge” (video contains coarse language):

Yeah, we think we’ll stick with our chips. Thanks.