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Shoppers rush to get ahead of storm

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Shoppers tried to beat the storm to pick up supplies and Christmas presents before the snow hit. Shoppers tried to beat the storm to pick up supplies and Christmas presents before the snow hit.
Snow made for slippery travel on many central Indiana roads. Snow made for slippery travel on many central Indiana roads.
PLAINFIELD -

The first round of snow was pretty wet and pretty heavy in Hendricks County Friday night. It quickly made a mess of highways and streets in the Plainfield area.

Spencer House made a trip quick to the supermarket. The roads?

"Pretty slick, so be careful," he said.

State and municipal plows and salt trucks prepared all day, they saw the storm coming. It didn't take long to clear streets up and keep the Friday night traffic moving - a relief to a lot of drivers with a lot or work to do.

Inside a south Indianapolis Meijer store, almost every register was running. Cashiers rushed to keep up with families rushing in ahead of the storm.

"We have an empty cabinet right now," said Ashley Sheets. "We had to get groceries because we are not going out tomorrow."

Shoppers were stuffing grocery carts on a night they are typically hunting stocking stuffers and other holiday gifts. Compared to the grocery aisles, the rows of toys, electronics, clothing and other potential gifts looked deserted.

An already short shopping season is getting squeezed by a second weekend of snow or terribly cold temperatures.

With only 11 Christmas shopping days left, a survey from the National Retail Federation found most shoppers are only halfway through their lists

Luann Simpson wishes she was that far along. We found her patrolling the toy section looking for gifts for grandchildren.

"I am all-night shopping tonight, trying to catch up and beat the storm," Simpson said with a mixture of happiness and panic on her face.

That storm she and other shoppers are trying to dodge is expected to harass central Indiana much of the weekend.

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