Inside Hawley Market IGA, you'll find several snow shovels for sale and plenty of rock salt available. It's only some of the materials that customers will likely gobble up before the storm gets cranking. "And we'll have 3, 4, 5 customers on two of the registers just trying to get everything that they can. Milk, bread, eggs, the works and obviously rock salt and shovels if anyone, anything is broken," said Hawley Market IGA employee Andrew Figueroa.
Some customers don't seem to be too worried about the potentially big snowfall. "Well, it doesn't matter to me. I just stay home and shovel," said Liz McAlear of Tafton. For her, snow cleaning is a hands-on job. "Me. I like to, she laughed."
Retiree John Milkovich of Masthope is leaving the storm cleanup in others' hands. "At my age I've got people plowing my driveway out. I'll just stay in the house that's all." He added, he'll ride out the storm "And give the highway department a little chance to do what they've got to do."
Big snowfalls are usually common for this part of the Poconos and even though it hasn't had many lately, people who live in this part of the world say it's always important to be prepared. When Ms. McAlear was asked if she has all of the supplies she needed she replied, "Oh yes, yes. We always do," adding that she thinks it comes with the territory of living in Tafton. Meanwhile, Mr. Hibbs says it's just a way of life in his native Hawley. "I've lived here all my life. You know, I'm used to it."
Some in the Poconos are skeptical of seeing a big snowfall saying they'll believe it when they see it.