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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Winter storms in the forecast has led to a surge of shoppers at local grocery and hardware stores, who were stocking up on essentials before snow starts to fall.

The rush is on for ice melt, shovels and even sleds.

An employees at a Webster Groves store says they're always prepared for the pre-storm rush.

Local grocery stores experienced the same influx of customers, who filled up their carts with milk and bread.