WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – With a potentially historic winter storm threatening to unleash more than two feet of snow plus strong winds on the East Coast during the next few days, Westchester County residents were feverishly preparing themselves, emptying grocery store shelves as they loaded up before the snow.
While elected officials were busy checking on stocks of salt, organizing DPW crews and warning residents to steer clear of the roads, locals were equally busy, stocking up their pantries and getting their houses in order.
Stop and Shop Manager Don Wilkes said in advance of major storms like this, they bring in extra crew to handle the crush of customers who flock to the store looking for food and other supplies.
“It’s a predictable thing. People don’t want to travel in snow and ice, so we know ahead of time that we’re going to need extra staff,” he said. “It’s tough on smaller chains that can’t afford to keep a deep stock of items.”
According to the National Weather Service, “blizzard like conditions” will begin in Westchester County on Monday afternoon, Jan. 26, continuing through Tuesday night, Jan. 27. As many as 16 inches of snow may fall overnight, with an additional seven to 11 inches expected on Tuesday.
“I think I was the last person to know the storm was coming,” Kelly McDonald said while pushing a cart filled to the brim with groceries in New Rochelle. “If it’s as bad as they’re saying, who’s going to want to drive anywhere? So I’m just getting it all now.”
With staples such as milk, yogurt, orange juice and eggs dwindling, Larchmont resident Kim Whong said she was curious to see what the shelves would look like when it was all said and done and the snow had settled.
“I’m lucky I got here now. Who knows what is even going to be left in a few hours?” she said while waiting in a crowded line that stretched around the candy and tabloids. “It’s never as bad as they say it’s going to be, but it’s good to be prepared.”
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