GREENSBORO, N.C. - As the snow gets closer by the minute - a whole lot of folks were in a flurry to get ready. Many spent Saturday picking up last minute odds and ends to stay safe and warm as the storm rolls through the Triad.

McKnight Hardware in Greensboro ran out of shovels early Saturday morning, but still had long lines of people purchasing ice melter, batteries and sleds.

"This is earlier than we normally deal with this, and we’re normally doing Christmas type trade right now," said Mark Armfield, a salesman.

Debbie and Lee Pegram brought their propane tank to fill up at McKnight - just in case the power went out. They spent part of the day running errands prior to the snow.

"We were over at Lowe’s getting birdseed and we spotted the last kerosene heater that they had and we picked that up - just in case we lost power," Lee said.

Across town, out-of-state visitors, like Sandy Davia say, they're not taking the risk. She came down for the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals - to see her grandson compete. The family hit the road back to Ohio right after the meet.

"We were supposed to leave tomorrow, but tonight we do it!" she said, "At the hotel today, I heard one man say that he just canceled his plane and rented a car. There was another gentleman that was sitting behind us for the race, and he may be here until Tuesday."

Back outside at Winterfest, downtown, some finished off the day off last-minute errands, on skates, or sleds.

"My mom got a generator. We've been filling up water jugs, and getting canned food," said Kaytelynn Fogleman, "Unless it's an emergency, we're not going out. Other than that, we're staying in."

Staying in, and staying put - hoping this storm skates by without too many problems.

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