KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Grocery stores in the area have prepared for a surge in shoppers because of the winter storm.
From milk and bread to toilet paper, stores were busy Tuesday night with customers stocking up.
"We've been hearing about it for a few days, and with two little ones you have to plan ahead," said shopper Polly Ingram, who had two toddlers and a whole lot of groceries in her cart.
"I've got bread, cereal, crackers, soup, things you can make easily," said shopper Kathy Krane, showing us what she was picking up.
At Kroger stores in the area, management took steps in advance.
Their back rooms are packed with deliveries that have come in earlier, and in more quantity than usual.
As things flew off the shelves, they were quick to restock.
"Well we started to look at the weather this past weekend. We started to see there was potential for weather in the long range forecast. My team out in the stores had to gear up their orders, because the orders come from different parts of the country," explained Kroger District Manager Tim Coggins.
A lot of their stuff comes in from Atlanta, so they've temporarily switched their supply warehouse location to Louisville, KY.
"It's going to allow us to keep a steady stream of product coming in from a different angle, where the weather's not at," Coggins said.
Based on this game plan, they say customers who come in even after the snow falls should be able to get all the groceries they need.
Still those at the store with their shopping carts, aren't taking any chances.
"I hope I got everything. I hope I got the food, the juice, the milk, and that I don't have to come back. Because I don't want to get out in the snow," Ingram said.
We talked to other area grocery stores like Publix and the IGA's, who said their trucks had come in early with supplies.
Kroger expects to be slammed Wednesday morning.
They say school is closed, Wednesday is the day seniors get a discount, and of course, the weather.