Families grocery shopping in Yorktown gear up for winter storm ahead

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-19 17:37:23-05

YORKTOWN, Va. — Grocery stores across Hampton Roads are reporting empty shelves as the area braces for a winter storm this weekend.

"If you can take a lunch break from work, come on down and get stocked up now," said Danielle Rawles, a Yorktown shopper who told News 3 she's gearing up for the expected snow.

Rawles told us she was picking up chicken, four to five loaves of bread and a couple gallons of milk — but a lot of those items are already gone from the shelves.

Another shopper said the rush she's seeing preparing for Friday through the weekend is reminding her of when she lived in Florida and prepared for hurricane season.

Between concerns of labor shortages, supply chain issues and the incoming weather, families we spoke to told us they want to stay ahead of the game.

"It's always good to be prepared because you never know, but with the shelves being empty I think it's a great time to learn; to improvise - what you need, what you don't need, and what you can substitute," said Stacy Wenzel, another shopper.

After catching up with shoppers at Kroger and Walmart stores in Yorktown, the common items on people's grocery lists are water, bread, eggs, milk and meat.

"But what we don't find here that we really need, we will go to other stores," Wenzel said.

Many shoppers did tell us you may not find batteries, meat or canned foods at Walmart right now.

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