The state of emergency in St. John's, Newfoundland has entered its fifth day. With businesses being closed and no vehicles allowed on the road, it's understandable that people might start running low on groceries. Fortunately, as  Newfoundland's blizzard has slowed down, some stores have reopened for the day, but getting in might not be so easy.

The city officially lifted restrictions on both grocery stores and pharmacies, which can be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

However, city officials have told people to stock up for the next two days, as stores may close again due to road conditions.

During the massive storm, businesses were ordered to remain closed, leaving people to depend on whatever they already had in their house.

Along with opening stores to the public again today, the city has also allowed vehicles back on the road. In an attempt to limit traffic, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has asked people to carpool.

Residents of the capital city have been documenting the lineups in front of the local stores, including a number of Sobeys locations.

There were hundreds of potential customers waiting to get inside as early as 8 a.m. in some cases. Photos and videos posted to Twitter show just how busy the stores could be today.

"Feels like the whole city of St. John’s came here to Sobeys on Elizabeth Avenue. The top of the priority list for most customers seems to be Milk, Eggs, and pet food." Twitter user BenClearyNL wrote, including photos from both outside and inside the store.

A time-lapse video shared by Jeremy_Eaton gives the impression that some people could be waiting a very long time to get into the store.

Other shots from inside the stores also show how dire the situation has become.

CBC host Heather Barrett shared photos from the Howley Estates Sobeys location, writing "At Sobeys Howley Estates. This is worse than the winter of the Jamie Oliver Knives."

Twitter user KristenWhiteNL shared her view from inside a Sobeys location and wrote: "What’s the fire occupancy for sobeys merrymeeting?"

Environment Canada isn't predicting any more snow for this week in St. John's, but clearing everything that is already on the roads could take more time.

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