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.”

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. 

Chad Merrill

Chad Merrill is a meteorologist and digital weather content producer for WTOP. Prior to joining WTOP, Chad was a meteorologist in the private industry and television. He loves to share his passion with listeners and readers and is eager to hear from anyone who has any weather questions!

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