DC area braces for March snow with mad dash to grocery store

WASHINGTON — With snow in the forecast for March, some D.C.-area residents have been in preparation mode for Monday night’s nor’easter.

In one D.C. grocery store, many shoppers have loaded up on some basics such as bread, milk, eggs and toilet paper. Jason Levin left the store Sunday night with bags filled with frozen pizza, chips and salsa, and microwaveable popcorn.

He says his family lives near a sledding hill so he has to be prepared for an avalanche of little visitors.

“A lot of hungry people — we’re going to probably feed a dozen to 15 people; gotta be ready for people who are coming in,” Levin said. “I am hoping for at least 4 to 6 inches that will cover the hill enough so we can get a good traffic flow in. Anything less than that, we’re going to have too much food.”

For Kevin Tillman and Alexandra Barnett, cheese, wine and Cheez-Its were added to their stockpile. Both say they would welcome a snow day or two, and Tillman shared his potential plans: “Probably work from home and do a little shopping, mostly online.”

<p>A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.</p>
A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Luke Heidelberger)
<p>A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.</p>
A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Luke Heidelberger)
Both daffodils and broken branches were out after the storm on Friday morning, illustrating some of the crazy weather and temperature swings in recent days. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
<p>A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.</p>
A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Luke Heidelberger)
<p>A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.</p>
A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Luke Heidelberger)
<p>Damage from the Friday storm in Leesburg, Virginia.</p>
Damage from the Friday storm in Leesburg, Virginia. (WTOP/Kristi King)
<p>Damage from the Friday storm in Leesburg, Virginia.</p>
Damage from the Friday storm in Leesburg, Virginia. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Wood is seen scattered across a lawn after a storm hit Monrovia, Maryland. (Courtesy Amanda Warner)
A car door is seen poking through debris after a major storm hit Monrovia, Maryland. (Courtesy Amanda Warner)
Debris falls on a car after a storm in Monrovia, Maryland. (Courtesy Amanda Warner)
Damage is seen after a storm in Monrovia, Maryland, on Friday. (Courtesy Amanda Warner)
Tornado damages a home in Leesburg, Virginia, after a storm on Friday. (Courtesy @thereelray on Twitter. )
A stick is seen in the windshield of a car after a storm his Leesburg, Virginia on Friday. (Courtesy @vso21703)
A storm damages a tree in Leesburg, Virginia, on Friday. (Courtesy @bdwy27 on Twitter)
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<p>A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.</p>
<p>A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.</p>
<p>A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.</p>
<p>A look at damage at The Point at Loudoun in Leeburg, Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.</p>
<p>Damage from the Friday storm in Leesburg, Virginia.</p>
<p>Damage from the Friday storm in Leesburg, Virginia.</p>

The D.C. government announced in a press release that it plans to have more than 200 plows ready for Monday night to combat the projected snowfall. Several city departments started pre-treating some roadways and sidewalks around public areas on Sunday in anticipation.

Learn more about the District’s cold emergency plan here.

However, there were some skeptics who say it’s hard to believe it will snow when the daffodils are out and that the bulk of the storm will miss the area.

But whatever the case, Shelore Williams says she’s ready. “I just got rice and toilet tissue and paper towels.”

She added, “Bring it on.”

WTOP’s Teta Alim contributed to this report. 

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