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Locals prepare but don't panic for winter storm

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- While some plan to avoid slick roads caused by a winter storm, others say it's business as usual. 

Some people in the area stocked up on groceries as they prepared for the storm, while others like Marsha Cook and her daughter Jessica stuck with their normal shopping routine.

"We got bread, we needed the bread anyway," Cook said. "Not going to go overboard and buy a lot of milk."

But they'll make sure their car stays ready to withstand any treacherous road conditions.

"Just wanted to make sure I had good tires just in case we do get ice and I have to drive to Paducah for work," Cook said.

Some plan to take other steps to make it through the storm.

"Cover up my windshield on my vehicle and use an old sheet or tarp, tuck it in the front doors and close it," said Clifton White, of Lake of Egypt. 

Others told News 3 they make sure to put their wipers up before any snow or sleet comes in, to make sure precipitation doesn't freeze onto their windshield.

Store managers in the area told us they've seen people loading up on ice melt, but it doesn't necessarily mean it will get put to use.

"I'll put the ice melt out maybe, but the year before last I bought four bags of it and it's still sitting there. Never did use it," White said. 

Southern Illinoisans hope the storm wont get too bad this time around.

"I think we're going to survive this one again you know, it'll be okay," said David Garavalia, of Benton.

"Just treat it like any other weekend, wait and see what happens," White said. "I don't do much on the weekends anyways."

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