Residents prepare for possible winter weather - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Residents prepare for possible winter weather

NEWBERN, TN (WMC-TV) - Residents of Arkansas and northern Tennessee prepared Monday night for what weather forecasters said could be more than a half inch of ice.

At the Foot Rite grocery store in Newbern, it seemed like Mother Nature was on the payroll.  By Monday evening, shelves had been cleared of staples like bread, filling an onslaught of shopping carts.  The checkout lanes were lined with people what normally would be a mundane night.

"Anytime we have a scare or anything like this, we wipe out fast," assistant manager Fred Newman said.

Resident Vicki Pirtle said she always tries to be prepared.

"I have small kids at home, and you need to have something for them just in case," she said.

Dyer County Emergency Management Director James Medland prepared as well, by closely watching the weather.

"We haven't had a real major ice storm here since 1994," he said.

More cautious than nervous, Medland's office is used to dealing with disaster.

"This is naturally more widespread than a tornado would be, and hopefully not near as devastating," he said.

But ice can cause havoc on the highways, so TDOT crews planned to work through the night, filling trucks with loads of salt.  Other trucks were already outfitted with snowplows, and were ready to roll if necessary.

Officials at the Red Cross said they were also on standby, ready to open a number of shelters, if necessary.

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