The manager at Strosniders Hardware in Silver Spring, Maryland, told CNN affiliate WJLA that customers had bought almost all of his ice melt chemical.
“They know (the storm is) coming,” Roy Washington said. “They hear the forecast, and they want to be prepared for it.”
People were also buying heaters, shovels, and sleds, WJLA reported.
Blizzard conditions could deliver more than 2 feet of snow and winds higher than 50 mph in some places, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
As of Wednesday, it was too early to predict where the heaviest snowfall will happen, but the mid-Atlantic region seems to be in the crosshairs.
It is less certain whether New York City, Philadelphia and Boston will see heavy snowfall, Hennen said.