Kansans Stock Up To Prepare For Winter Storm

By  | 

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- With the winter storm set to bring more than 10 inches of snow to most of the state, many Kansans flocked to stores today to stock up on supplies.

Bread, milk, and snacks were in high demand today as people prepare to spend much of the next few days inside. Keath Allen, the Topeka Hy-Vee manager of perishables, said the store had three to four times the customers it normally does on a Wednesday.

People also made sure to prepare for potential power outages. The local Home Depot completely sold out of generators that range in price from $400 to $1000. Snow blowers, shovels and salt were also hot ticket items. Employees say that more than half the customers they've seen over the past few days have picked up some sort of tool to help with the snow.

"We would hope they come in before," said employee J.R. Reynolds. "But usually, yea you got that rush of people that get out late and are like 'oh my goodness we have to get some weight in the vehicle or get some shovels to get rid of the snow.'"

Employees at Hy-Vee and Home Depot say they both stores will have extra inventory ready to go for those waiting until the snow piles up.