CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - While state and local transportation workers spent the day dumping brine onto the streets and highways, many Tennessee Valley residents rushed into local grocery stores to stock up on food in preparation for the next blast of winter weather.
Fearing this latest predicted round of wintry weather will cause power outages, store closures and dangerous driving conditions, many folks are not taking any chances and wanted to make sure they had a good supply of food.
"You know I just got milk, bread and some soup mixes," said Signal Mountain resident Sandra Wicker who was shopping at the BiLo on Signal Mountain Rd.
"Bread,milk, cereal, yogurt, toilette paper. The essentials," said Signal Mountain resident Judy Brown.
It was just two weeks ago when mother nature hit the Tennessee Valley with a one-two punch combination of continuous snow and single digit temperatures. That system took many people including weather experts by surprise. But this time around, there's advanced warning.
"Anytime they start talking about snow people hit the stores because it's so uncertain here. Sometimes they're correct and sometimes they're not so you just have to be prepared," Wicker said.
For many residents, being prepared meant stocking up on lots of dairy items, soda, bottled water and bread
Around noon, WDEF went to Whole Foods where lines were long and aisles were crowded. Many shoppers were walking out of the store with carts full of groceries. An employee told WDEF that the store was unusually busy for a Monday at 8 A.M.