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Dane County officials and residents ready for storm


MADISON (WKOW) -- With blizzard conditions on the way, a lot of people used Wednesday to prepare for the storm. From snow gear to groceries, some Madison stores saw a rush of business.

"We've pretty well stocked up on all of the essentials," Gilbert Splett said as he shopped at HY-Vee on East Washington Avenue. He was not the only grocery shopper with that in mind. Amy Anderson prepared to hunker down with her kids once the storm hits. "We're going to make sugar cookies and then if we run out of fun things there, we're going to bake chocolate chip cookies -- pretty much we're going to entertain ourselves with food," Anderson said.

Blain's Farm and Fleet on South Stoughton Road also saw a rush of business. "Right now, everything's going out the door that has to do with snow," store manager Jim Kleckner told 27 News. Shoppers came in looking for salt, shovels, ice melts and snow blowers. Joyce Hastings also picked up some winter clothing. "Either we'll be closed and I'll be wrapping gifts or snow blowing or trying to get to the office," she said.

Dane County officials said they've been preparing too. "We're here to let people know that were in for a significant snow event, probably the biggest in two years, we're prepared, we've coordinated our efforts, we're meeting regularly," County Executive Joe Parisi announced Wednesday morning at a news conference. He said for this storm, they have newer trucks and plows to tackle roads and a GPS tracking system.

Sheriff Dave Mahoney said his office will have adequate deputy coverage and continue to respond to calls of service. Both Parisi and Mahoney urged people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

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