Not sure if you guys have heard about the huge snow storm that is headed for Maryland this weekend, but we are supposed to get between 18 and 30 inches of snow between Friday night and Sunday morning. May not sound like much to some of you guys in the great white north, but in Maryland, that's huge. We are on target to have the most snowy winter in 100 years. I am (as you may have guessed) pretty well prepared. We've got enough food and stuff stored up to last for a couple of weeks with no problems (not as much as a lot of others on this site, but much better than most folks in this area. The winter storm warning went into effect at 9am today. Last night, I ran to the local Safeway grocery store to grab an onion and a green pepper to make chili. We had everything else, but wanted fresh veggies. When I pulled into the parking lot, at around 1700, it was really packed. Kinda expected that. What I didn't expect, was for the store to be pretty much wiped out! They were entirely sold out of about 80% of the fresh veggies, all of the ground beef, all of the chicken breasts, about 80% of the fresh meat in general, all but six cartons of eggs, about half of the milk, and about half of the canned goods. I was floored. The guy in front of me bought $292 worth of groceries! I was in line so long, I grabbed a couple of magazines, and read all three while in line. So, for anyone who has ever thought that they could just "run to the store" before the SHTF . . . be warned! There won't be anything left at the store! My little brother is a butcher for Safeway, and he said that they upped production for the day by about 25%, expecting to sell a lot, but they were wiped out by about 1600.