HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Once word gets out that a snowstorm is coming, people flood grocery stores and the Virginia Department of Transportation rolls out its snowplows.
VDOT crews were busy Monday night, preparing for Tuesday's anticipated snowfall. Trucks stocked up on sand and headed back out to pretreat area roads. But VDOT drivers weren't the only ones filling up; grocery stores were packed, too.
On a typical Monday night, there are usually just three cashiers at MARTIN'S grocery store, but on Jan. 20, there were six.
"I got here at 4 [p.m.]," one cashier said. "It was really, really busy."
"There was no carts when I came in," a shopper said.
Customers stopped in to pick up bread, milk, toilet paper and other essentials. Children hoped for a snow day Tuesday, and even some adults were looking forward to the snow.
"I want to make a snow angel," shopper Flora Butler said. "I possibly want to build a snowman."
In addition to stocking their fridges, Richmonders also prepared their cars in the wake of the Winter Storm Warning that is in place for most of the Commonwealth.
Joe Loverso, a mechanic at Meineke Car Care, says there are some simple things you can do to prepare your car for the snow: check your wiper blades and tire pressure, top off your fluids and make sure your lights are working properly. Once the snow falls, clean off your car.
"When you're driving in the snow, how many people you see with a big clump of snow right on the front of their car?" Loverso said. "They can't see where they're going, and they just want to get someplace in a hurry. Gotta take the time and clean it off, and that will make for a safe trip."
VDOT warns drivers not to go out unless they absolutely have to.
"It helps our snow plows to be able to clear the roads efficiently," said VDOT Communications Coordinator Lindsay LeGrand. "If they have cars that are in the way, they're not able to navigate as easily around them."
VDOT says if you must be on the roads, be sure to stay at least 100 feet away from the plows.
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