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Residents prepare as cold temperatures loom

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 1/06 10:40 am
SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) — With the possibility of snow Sunday and frigid temperatures the next few days, some people are rushing to the store to buy the necessities.

Some items are in high demand, and they're quickly flying off the shelves.

"A lot of people are worried right now with the cold weather coming in," said Scrugg's Sales Associate Rodney Oliver. "If there's any kind of moisture that hits with it as well, it can break tree limbs and power lines."

That's why Oliver said they're busier than usual.

"It's been steady all morning," he said. "People are getting ready for it."

What they're getting ready for is the possibility of snow and temperatures that are expected to be in the single digits.

Oliver said that has many people stocking up on propane and kerosene heaters.

"If you don't have some kind of secondary heat that doesn't take electricity, you need to be looking at getting something just in case it gets bad," Oliver explained.

He said many are also buying pipe insulation, something he said is vital during winter weather.

"You're talking thousands of dollars if a pipe busts and freezes," he said.

While they're staying busy with heaters and other household items, grocery stores on the other hand, are preparing in a different way.

Food Giant Assistant Manager Robert Kowalczyk said most of his customers won't buy food until the day of bad weather, so they're making sure the store is stocked prior to the rush.

"If they hear that it's gonna be bad, they're gonna come in that night," Kowalczyk said. "Some will come in as late as possible, and whatever we have left on the shelves, they're gonna get."

He added that people should shop at their earliest convenience ahead of bad weather.

He said once the rush starts, bread, milk, water and other food items will fly off the shelves, so he said it's better to prepare ahead of time.

"Don't just think you're gonna need bread and milk," he continued. "You may be out of power for a few days. Get your batteries and get your heaters."
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