Tri-State Prepares for Winter Storm Threat

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CEREDO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Jim Canterbury's gearing up for his annual family tradition.

On Thanksgiving, dozens of relatives from all over the country come and rent out a local camp. It's a way to catch up on old times and new family adventures.

This year, the concern is the weather's not going to cooperate.

"We're watching the TV, paying close attention to the weather," Canterbury said. "We're very concerned about the impact it could have on getting some people here."

The Thanksgiving storm threat is real -- first rain, turning over to snow and icy conditions through Wednesday night.

This system has the West Virginia Division of Highways planning for the worst-case scenario, just to be safe.

"We've got the salt already loaded in the back-loaders and we've also got the plows on all of our trucks," District Manager Scott Eplin said. "We don't want to be caught off guard in case the roads ice up before the snow arrives."

Foodfair has already ordered additional deliveries. In Ceredo, the local grocery store chain's newest store received a delivery on Monday. Its normal delivery day would be Wednesday. With the threat of the storm and the holiday, though, the concern was making sure there's enough to meet the need.

"We want to make sure we've got an extra delivery with everything going on," Manager Mike Fink said. "So, if people come in and want an item, we're not going to be out of stock."

The looming winter storm is enough to motivate many shoppers, including Gene and Carol Nelson, to not procrastinate prepping for their Thanksgiving feast.

"That's the reason we came in tonight, so we don't have to take a chance on it,” Gene said. “Get everything we need tonight. We won't have to worry like a lot of people might."

WSAZ's team of meteorologists will be tracking the storm round the clock during the next several days.

Keep clicking on for the latest on this developing story.

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