GALLERY: Preparing for the storm

Monday, January 31, 2011 | 1:17 p.m. CST; updated 7:55 p.m. CST, Monday, January 31, 2011
Jackie Jennings spreads salt in front Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School before the students exit the building Monday afternoon. The school, along with other Columbia Public Schools campuses, closed early because of the weather conditions, and classes were canceled altogether for Tuesday.

Salting sidewalks and roads was a common practice around Columbia to battle freezing rain Monday morning and in preparation for a winter storm expected to begin Monday afternoon. Others hit the stores for emergency supplies.

Marie Dickerson and daughter Elsa, 8, shop for groceries downtown at the Root Cellar. After Marie had heard that other stores were running out of milk and eggs, she decided to stock up. Marie and her children plan on spending the snow day baking and doing arts and crafts. "We have all the baking supplies we need," she said.
Anticipation of the winter storm caused several downtown businesses to close early, including Bubblecup on Ninth Street.
Mary Walther sprinkles salt on her neighbor Chris Harrison’s ice-covered walkway. Walther said she and Harrison have been neighbors for six years.
Kayla Blevins scrapes the ice off her rear window on Monday. In preparation for the upcoming snowstorm, Blevins said she’s going to stock up on food and windshield defroster spray.
Pasha Kelly helps Rick Gilford on Monday try on the YakTrax Walker, a traction device that attaches to shoes and provides stability on ice and snow. Kelly, a Dryer’s Shoes employee, said that people have been coming in all morning asking for the device.
At Dryer's Shoes, Rick Gilford tries on the YakTrax Walker — a device that slips over boots to make them less prone to slipping on the ice. Gilford joked that he had to get a set of YakTrax after he saw his boss wearing them.
Students disperse from school early on Monday at Jefferson Junior High School. Columbia Public Schools let students out 2½ hours early due to the weather.
Students disperse from school early on Monday at Jefferson Junior High School. Columbia Public Schools let students out 2½ hours early due to the weather.
Home Depot employees Chaun Nebbitt and Scott Hill help lift Ann Ross', in the background, electric generator she bought on Monday at the store off Clark Lane. Ross bought the last available electric generator at the store to run the pellet stove at her home in Higbee in case her power goes out because of winter weather.
Sean Pollock scatters Earth Wise, an environmentally friendly ice melt, in front of Main Squeeze on Monday.
Codie Snodgrass loads salt in the back of a truck Monday as he sets out to spread salt in the streets.
Codie Snodgrass starts the work before the snowstorm by spreading salt in the Bank of America parking lot Monday in downtown Columbia. Snodgrass said the puddles of melted snow from the last storm would refreeze, creating a problem.

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Corey Parks January 31, 2011 | 5:54 p.m.

People act like this is the first winter storm they have ever seen.

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Walter Lane January 31, 2011 | 7:18 p.m.

No need to spend a lot of money on the shoe spikes. Target has them every year for $5 and they work just fine. I still have mine from when I lived in como. And people should have stocked up after the 8 inches or whatever it was hit last time. We always started stocking up in September on water, canned goods, ice melt, shovels, etc so if/when the stuff hit we wouldn't have to join all the last minute crazies.

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