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Local residents prepare for the expected winter weather conditions tonight

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Residents across the Four States are preparing for the expected winter weather conditions tonight, which led to a lot of extra shoppers at local stores today.

"Oh, it's just busy, busy," Joplin resident Wanda Edmondson said.

"One thing I've noticed with the cold weather is that grocery stores have definitely been a lot more busier and I would definitely suggest stocking up," Joplin resident Daniel Diaz said.

Management at "Food 4 Less" in Joplin pays close attention to the weather forecast throughout the winter so that enough products are ordered to provide the customers with what they need.

When the weather is bad, store manager Bill Wooldridge orders more items to be delivered on the trucks that come to re-stock the store five times a week.

They ordered fuller truck loads earlier this week to first stock up for football fans, and now for the potential weather.

"We also ordered extra for the Super Bowl and it's already over, but we still have the shelves full and ready to go," Wooldridge said. "We also knew the snow was on its way."

"There has been plenty of everything, so evidently the stores were well prepared," Joplin resident Gail Valentine said.

Wooldridge says extra workers were also called in to help with the increased demand.

"We're ready for anything to do with the winter time," Wooldridge said. "We've got water if your pipes freeze, all the necessities, the snow shovels, the ice-melt, we've got it all ready to go."

If you missed your chance to stock up on items tonight, "Food 4 Less" and other local 24-hour stores in the area say they will remain open despite the weather conditions.

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