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City of Rock Hill, residents prep for winter storm

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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) -

Public Works crews in Rock Hill have already filled up their trucks with screening and brine ahead of the storm.

Officials say they are prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings.

Rock Hill Public Works crews had their hands full, Monday, replenishing supplies including brine and making sure plow trucks are ready ahead of Tuesday's storm.

Interim Public Works Director Kevin Bronson says more may be asked from his crews this time around compared to the storm two weeks ago because forecasters are calling for more ice.

"We're also preparing for any event that comes up that may affect our utility customers, so if there are any outages, we have guys staged and ready to go," said Bronson.

State DOT workers were also out, Monday, prepping highways and other main thoroughfares, but city and state crews aren't the only ones preparing for the storm.

WBTV stopped by one York County grocery store and saw customer after customer leaving with more groceries than they would usually buy.

"I got milk, bread, the essential for the kids," said customer Laura Fay.

"It's crazy. Everybody is buying the same items and the checkout lines are long, so glad I'm coming early," said customer Jennifer Mayes.

"We just want to make sure we don't have to travel on the roads if it's not necessary. We don't want to get out there and put ourselves at risk," she continued.

"I feel like people in the south can't drive in the snow, so it's better to get ahead of time then try to get out when it's messy," said customer Dana Brathe.

Messy is the best way to describe it.

Just two weeks ago Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency when most of the state saw snow fall.

Theses shoppers say they want to be prepared no matter the situation and will stay put when the weather turns.

"It's so dangerous out there, it's just best to stay in, stay warm and keep the kids happy," said Mayes.

"I hear we could be getting freezing rain and ice and I don't want to be on the road with kids so we'll be staying home," said Fay.

South Carolina DOT officials sent WBTV a release Monday evening saying they have crews spread out in our viewing area including York, Lancaster, Chester and Chesterfield counties.

State DOT crews have already started pre-treating bridges and high priorities roads.

Law enforcement officials recommend people stay off the roads when the winter storm hits, but if you have to be on the road make sure to pack a cell phone with a car charger and some water just in case you become stranded.

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