With the most severe winter storm since 2011 predicted to hit the area today, residents and officials spent Wednesday preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best.
People lined up at area hardware stores and grocery stores buying rock salt, ice melt, scrapers, food and other essentials.
“We’ve been selling a lot of oil lamps and fuel for the lamps,” said Ray Mathis, owner of Carthage Hardware on the Square. “People are also buying windshield anti-freeze and scrapers. We haven’t needed those in while.”
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of Missouri and Kansas, calling for snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain to fall in the storm.
Predicting exactly what would fall and when was difficult, but forecasters said there was at least a chance for damaging ice accumulations, and as much as two inches of sleet or snow, making for hazardous driving conditions Thursday morning.