Shoppers Rearrange Shopping Because of Snowstorm

By: Carrie Cline Email
By: Carrie Cline Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's not unusual to see a rush on the grocery store when snow's on the way.

But, with only six shopping days left until Christmas, people are flocking to the mall. Thousands who were planning to finish shopping this weekend had to make some quick last minute changes to squeeze it in before the snow.

Ask any merchant and they'll tell you the last weekend before Christmas is really the biggest shopping push of the year.

"It all starts with Black Friday to get it started and then in wraps up with this the last weekend before Christmas," said Cindy Husier, a store merchant.

Husier is loving the crowds today, but she's a little afraid of what this rush means for the traditional big weekend.

"You have to be a little concerned about what this is going to do to the crowds," Husier said.

A forecast of snow is all it took to make Barbie Siders push up her shopping plans in a hurry.

"I still have all of my son’s shopping to do, but my plan was to come tomorrow," Siders said. "So, when my friend called and said, 'Do you want to go today?' I said 'Sure, the storm is coming.' "

Manuella Cruz-Houser is ringing in the sales with joy, but while shoppers are worried about getting into the mall, she's worried about getting out.

"Mall employees are worried about whether we’ll be stuck here tonight and will we be able to go home," she said.

You always know something's up when you see the weather man rushing in to get his shopping done. We caught up with WSAZ meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick who offered a little holiday shopping hope.

"Oh, there will be more days before Christmas to get your shopping done," he said. "There will be a break in the weather a little bit here and there even for last minute guys like myself who will wait until the 24th to get their shopping done."

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