People came out in droves over the weekend to stock up on supplies fearing they would be stuck at home due to the forecast of inclement weather headed to the area. The grocery stores reported a definite increase in traffic over the weekend but were proactive in meeting the demands of their customers.

“Our head office reacted to the forecast and shipped extra orders to us, so we were ready to meet our customer’s needs,” said HEB store director Terry Bay, reporting that the biggest selling items were the staples - bread, eggs and milk - with the store also moving a lot of fire logs and firewood as well.

Wal-Mart reported a similar increase in traffic, selling numerous heaters and blankets.

“We had a great weekend,” said store manager Dieter Mullen.

Super 1 Foods store director Don Howard reported that Saturday was a record day for the store and that anytime the forecast calls for a winter storm, the store stays very busy.

“We brought in extra staff to meet the needs of our customers and for the most part, we saw a lot of the staple food items remain the best sellers,” he said.

The winter weather doesn’t meet with the same anticipation for street crews in the city of Ennis, but for the most part, things went smoothly. James Roybal, Street Superintendent for the city of Ennis reported that for all the talk of bad weather and heavy storms, the city really didn’t get hit as hard as had been predicted. “We had our sand trucks as well as the rest of our equipment ready to go at a moment’s notice,” he said. “We were out early this morning but besides the roads being a little slushy, it wasn’t really bad. Roybal attributes the streets being in good condition to the lack of traffic due to schools being closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr., Day.

He reports that the main issue the street crew dealt with were trees heavy with ice that were hanging into the streets. “We cleared the situation quickly and there were no major incidents because of the hanging limbs,” he said.

The storm front that stayed most of the weekend, dumped a lot of rain on the area and with the below freezing temperatures, caused ice to form on the roads. However, very few accidents were reported.

for the city of Ennis reported that for all the talk of bad weather and heavy storms, the city really didn’t get hit as hard as had been predicted. “We had our sand trucks as well as the rest of our equipment ready to go at a moment’s notice,” he said. “We were out early this morning but besides the roads being a little slushy, it wasn’t really bad. Roybal attributes the streets being in good condition to the lack of traffic due to schools being closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr., Day.

He reports that the main issue the street crew dealt with were trees heavy with ice that were hanging into the streets. “We cleared the situation quickly and there were no major incidents because of the hanging limbs,” he said.

The storm front that stayed most of the weekend, dumped a lot of rain on the area and with the below freezing temperatures, caused ice to form on the roads. However, very few accidents were reported.