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Many scramble to prepare for incoming storm

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INDIANAPOLIS -

On Christmas night, the Romeros were planning to stay inside Wednesday, borrowing movies.

Others we saw hit the few open stores to prepare for the rare blizzard warning.

"Buying lots of canned food, soda, water," said Baeden Van Sickle.

For Kelly Romero, the list was "water, milk, bread, get gas now. Just with the little stores open, you can't get a whole lot."

Meanwhile, Indianapolis DPW trucks awaited their crews. 118 report at 11:00 pm Christmas night to begin pretreating streets with magnesium chloride-enriched salt. They'll be targeting bridges, overpasses and intersections.

Essential city services like police are open, but Mayor Ballard has announced that non-essential offices are closed.

INDOT had crews out between midnight and 6:00 Christmas morning, striping highways with salt brine to keep ice from forming.

Their concern is that 40 mph wind gusts Wednesday will re-cover roads the plows try to clear. That's why we found folks planning not to drive Wednesday.

We found folks buying ice melt at drug stores and convenience stores. Outside a Walgreens, Maureen Pearson was stocking up. Alongside, her three children - Kennedy, Jackson and Reagan - all named for presidents.

"I got that alert on my cell phone. This is terrible," Pearson said

She's planing to stay off the roads Wednesday, along with others like Andrew Prince.

"I'll be staying in most of the day," Prince told us. "Not taking any risks. No point in it."

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