ELKVIEW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fear of being snowed in this weekend had folks coming out in droves Friday afternoon, jamming the aisles of grocery stores like the Foodfair in Elkview to pick up those necessary supplies.
"We have animals, so we're picking up food and bones for them to make sure they have what they need," Matt Parsons said.
One-stop supply shops like the Home Depot in Southridge were also packed. Managers say items like shovels and rock salt were flying off the shelves, all in anticipation of fierce weather and furious snowfall.
"If I need to run out and get something, it looks like I'm not going to be able to do it if [the storm] hits," Peggy Brown said.
Some shoppers like Douglas Atkins saw dealing with the snow Friday morning as a trial run for what's to come.
"I looked out and couldn't even see the road," he said. "I know where the road is, so I just followed it. I didn't see salt trucks on the road."
Lots of customers told WSAZ.com that experiencing the derecho this summer gave them a valuable lesson in emergency preparedness.
Many say the generators they bought in June may prove to be a good investment again.