Pressure : 29.99 in
Dewpoint : 60.1 °
Wind : Southeast
Shoppers pack stores for snowstorm staples
As this storm approached, residents all across the Tri-cities began bracing for the worst, which meant grocery stores were a must stop Wednesday.
News 5's Josh Egbert caught up with shoppers where the essentials were at the top of lists - things like bread, milk, and eggs.
That rush began early Wednesday morning and is expected to continue late into the evening. Shoppers News 5 spoke with say they just want to be prepared.
As this massive snow storm inched closer, grocery stores became the place to be.
"We started getting busy really early this morning between 5:00 and 6:00 this morning; it's been going nonstop since," said Hy-Vee store director Dave Blum.
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"I've driven by different stores and there's a lot of cars out there," said Rita Hamik.
"I'm preparing for this snow storm that's supposed to come tonight," said Molly Martin.
Shoppers are stocking up for the long haul.
"Just in case. I live far enough out of town that it's not convenient and we have enough roads in the county that do get rather snow bound," said Marsha Akerson.
"I wasn't in a rush to get to the store cause I knew it was going to be busy last night and tonight so I figured I'd come in the morning when it's a little less busy," Hamik said.
For Rita Hamik the must have is orange juice, but of course for her and so many others, it's also just the basics.
"Soup, meats, bread, cereal, milk, cheese," Hamik said.
"Bread, got some milk and just some meat that I can make up and either have for a meal or sandwiches," Akerson said.
And yes, alcohol is also on some must have lists.
"Lots of wine and spirits going out, so just the things people really don't want to try and live without for the next few days," Blum said.
With the storm expected to consume most of Thursday, it gives the stores a chance to take a little breather.
"The next few days will probably be pretty slow, actually give us a chance to catch up a little bit," said Blum.
Both Allen's and Hy-Vee are expected to stay pretty busy for the next few hours as people get off work and head home.
They also say they had their vendors deliver early this week so they were prepared for the rush.
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