Triad businesses are preparing ahead of the predicted winter storm so they're ready later in the week.

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TRIAD -- Local businesses are working on plans they'll put into place if the winter weather is as bad as predicted. Some are more determined to stay open because of the essential nature of their jobs.

The city of Winston-Salem plans to stay open. But if employees do not feel safe they take a vacation day or holiday time. The City of Greensboro will determine day-of which employees, if any, can stay home.

Cone Health says they do not have a snow day option, but will allow extra time for employees to make it to work. Same with High Point Regional, although if the weather is bad enough, some non-essential employees will be allowed to stay home.

Both Time Warner Cable and Lincoln Financial Group reps say employee safety is a priority. Depending on the storm's impact, Time Warner says they'll determine whether they'll pull technicians off the road or allow some employees to stay home. They'll also reserve hotel rooms for people on the earliest and latest shifts to make certain all departments will be staffed. Lincoln Financial says they'll do whatever is safest for their employees.

As for stores, you might want to get whatever you need now. Many local stores tell us they're already out of scrapers, ice melt and shovels. "The Northwest and the Northeast has taken most of the ice melt that's in bags out of everybody's warehouses," said Ace Hardware employee Jim Miller. "Nobody is going to have any for a while. We may have some Wednesday. We will believe it when it gets here."

A manager at a local Walmart said the bread, milk and eggs have also been flying off the shelves since early Monday morning.