Here’s what to know before the snow comes this weekend

Chances are, you’ve heard the forecast for snow starting Friday. In case power is lost or you’re unable to travel, or if you’re just planning a trip to the grocery store before it hits, here are some tips to keep you safe and warm until the snow melts.


  • Water. You can buy bottled water, or fill bottles at home with water ahead of time. Generally, there should be enough for 1 gallon per person per day.
  • Non-perishables. Some basic options are granola bars, trail mix, cereal, crackers, peanut butter and bread. Fruits and vegetables are good to have on hand, too.
  • Some dairy products. Hard cheeses (Cheddar, Colby, etc.) are safe to keep un-refrigerated if they are wrapped and sealed. Yogurt can also be left out of the fridge for up to 8 hours. Since it’s so cold, even if power went out, these items would still be safe to eat.
  • Pet Food. Don’t forget Fido! Be sure to have plenty of food on hand for your pet.
  • Store hours:
    • Kroger and Martin’s are open 6am-12am.
    • Food Lion is open 7am-11pm (some close at 10pm).
    • WalMart hours vary; some are open 24 hours and others are open 6am-12pm.


  • Medications. Enough to last you a few days if you won’t be able to get a refill.
  • Blankets, hats, mittens and scarves. These will keep you warm if you must go outside, and if your power goes out inside. A good pair of winter shoes or snow boots will come in handy, too.
  • Light. Keep flashlights, lanterns and candles within reach. Be sure to have a stock of extra batteries and matches.
  • Heat source. A portable heater, firewood for your fireplace or a wood-burning stove are heat alternatives if you lose power.
  • Non-clumping kitty litter. Sprinkling a bit of this in your path will prevent slipping when walking outside. You can use rock salt or sand for the same purpose.

Safety numbers

  • Emergency contact numbers. Neighbors, or family and friends who live close by.
  • Dominion: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
  • VEPCO: 804-224-8817
  • Keep a cell phone charged!

So, you might be stuck inside all weekend. What is there to do? You’re already online, so here are some options:

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