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Road crews, citizens stock up to stay ahead of the winter weather

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation's Clinton garage is standing by with 600,000 pounds of chemical de-icing agent ready to spread on roads and bridges over I-20, I-220, and I-55. "If the roads are still wet there's still a possibility of bridges icing over, so it will be still very dangerous," says MDOT maintenance supervisor Donald Wash.

The threat of icy roads began Wednesday, and Jackson area folks weren't about to be stranded at home without essential products. Around 5 p.m. they hit grocery stores like the Walmart on Highway 80.

"That's exactly what I'm doing right now, stocking up," Leola Goshay of Jackson tells us as she shops.

The crowds were thinner on Thursday morning.  Some shoppers weren't phased by the weather.  "Not really. We got four children, we got to make groceries," says Anthony Hawkins, shopping with his wife.

Others heeded the warnings. "Canned goods, vegetables, water, snacks, chips that will last through the storm," says shopper Boris Dixon.

Store manager Eddie Robinson says customers have been stocking up on canned goods, milk, bread and eggs. "They wanted to come in, get items they need in case they're shut in," Robinson says.

71-year-old Thomas Boleware is a caretaker for 95-year-old Harold Stewart, although Stewart drove on this trip to Walmart. 

"Get everything we needed before it gets bad," Boleware tells us.  "In case we get snowed in, or iced in, because we can't drive in the ice."

Grocery workers used the Thursday morning lull to replenish the shelves.

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