Yes, it is that time of year again when the meteorologists at the local news station predict snow coming into the area. A Winter Weather Advisory is what they call it here. When some people hear this on the radio, or see it on television or a website, they rush for the store. They rush to the store because they will be spending days upon days stuck inside of their house due to this Winter Weather Advisory, so they think. It is a mad house in the grocery store and everyone is fighting to get the last gallon of milk or the last loaf of bread or other “essentials”. Ramen noodles fly from the shelf, as well as cereal, soups, snacks, and a lot of canned goods. All of this chaos for two inches of snow that falls overnight. Schools get delayed two hours and the office hours remain the same. The snow removal trucks and the salt trucks have already been out during the storm clearing the streets. The roads are fine the very next day by 1pm. Personally, I do not see a need to rush to the store and buy out everything. Sure, if they are predicting eight or more inches of snow for the entire city, but not for “a chance of up to three inches”.
This is not a very pleasant time to be working at a grocery store, and I can tell you that from experience. The milk for instance will never be full on the shelf for even a second. No one is working in the back of the store, because they are working up front either ringing up orders or bagging the items. Puddles of water coat the foyer floor. Empty shelves are found everywhere throughout the store. The lines to checkout loop around in between isles. You can forget trying to stop into the store to get that one item you are craving. It is not worth it. All in all, the grocery store is one hectic place to be when a snow storm is coming to the city.
What kind of experiences have you had? Have you been one of those to buy lots of stuff before a big winter storm?