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Winter weather brings shopping rush for supplies

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Aisles at The General Store in Spokane have been full since the recent snowstorm over the weekend. Aisles at The General Store in Spokane have been full since the recent snowstorm over the weekend.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The General Store in Spokane has had full aisles since the recent snowstorm over the weekend. General Manager Jon Evans says it's typical that people in Spokane never buy winter supplies until the first weather event, though he's never seen the first weather event so late in the year.

"I've been here 13 years, and this is the latest I've seen the rush," says Evans.

Evans says over the weekend the aisles were so full it was hard to even go through them. Even though the snow has come and gone, the rush of people looking to stay prepared for the winter hasn't subsided.

"I'm looking for hats," says shopper, Crystal. "It's cold and windy, and I need something to cover my face."

While many may groan and moan when it comes to shopping for winter supplies, Crystal is excited. She says she just made the move to Spokane from Florida and has been preparing for winter all year.

"I didn't have anything, and that's from not living in a cold climate," says Crystal.

Evans says the season for winter supplies got started late this year due to above average temperatures. However, now that below average temperatures are in the forecast, Evans thinks this change in weather will keep people coming back until the season officially ends in March.

"As long as there's snow on the ground and ice," says Evans. "There's going to be people here."

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