Residents scrambled Monday to stock up on groceries and supplies as the weather forecast worsened.
Ice melt, sidewalk salt and sand were hot items, and snow shovels were nearly impossible to find. But that didn't stop Norman resident Kip Teygong from looking on the bright side.
He stood in line at the Westlake Ace Hardware on W Britton Road carrying a large sled and wearing a smile.
“I came in for a shovel, but then I thought I'd have fun instead,” he said, noting that the purchase was for his 11-year-old daughter.
Store manager Gary Graham said customers began streaming in as soon as the doors opened. Compared to the storm on Christmas Eve 2009, people were shopping early, he said.
Tubes of sand and bags of ice melt were stacked 4 feet high outside the store, and customers loaded the provisions into their vehicles. Graham said the store sold all of its 100 shovels Monday morning, and driveway salt was running low.
As of midday, customers weren't looking for generators — yet.
“If it's freezing rain, we'll start selling generators. If it's snow, probably not,” he said.
However, at the Lowe's in Moore, generators and snow shovels were sold out. Customers were stocking up on hand warmers, gloves, ice melt and de-icer, said store manager Raymond Cooper.
“It's typical for when you have a snowstorm coming in,” he said.
At the Quail Springs Super Target, shoppers hurriedly filled carts with groceries, and workers replenished items dwindling from store shelves. Checkout lines were each four to five carts long.
Crest grocery stores, too, were busy. Operations Manager Dale Brooks said shoppers were loading up on necessities including water, milk, eggs, bread and snacks.
With Monday being the last day of the month, it was a difficult time for people living paycheck-to-paycheck to stock up on groceries, he said. But they were doing what they could.
“No one wants to be stuck at home without food,” he said.
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