WASHINGTON (WJLA) - It may not look like much yet, but people are getting ready for the upcoming storm. At the Alexandria Lowe's store, snow shovels were a hot commodity.
"We started with about 100," says the manager. "We had them all stacked up in the main aisles ready for the customers...We're down to about five or six left.
George Darley was one of the lucky ones who snagged one of the last shovels in stock for the season:
"I don't have one so I came up here to get one today -- just ready in case something does break really bad in the next couple of days or the rest of the summer."
And Judy Curvan is preparing, even though she would rather not be:
"I would prefer it not to happen because I would love spring to be on its way... but if we get stuck I have to be prepared to eventually at some point get up out of there."
The cashiers at the Kingstowne Safeway saw a busy morning, as shoppers stocked up in fear that they might get stuck at home.
"You never know around here -- we could get the four inches, we could get the twelve inches...I'm preparing for the 12 inches," says customer Cindy Samuelson.
"My daughter wanted pear Fresca; my son loves pretzels of course... I did pick up bread because I noticed we were down to half a loaf," adds Lisa Mongilutz.
Later on Tuesday night in Shirlington, the parking lot of this big box retailer in Fairfax was bustling Tuesday night with shoppers preparing for the possibility of a major snowstorm.
"Yeah, I've heard everything from four to 12 inches," says Roby Bridges.
BJ Kreider bought the basics plus one critical item: a battery-powered radio in the event that heavy snow and gusting winds pull down power lines.
"We felt it's important to be attuned to [what's happening] if we lose power, what's happening in the community, so we know what to do," he explains.
Governors Terry McAuliffe and Martin O'Malley have both declared a State of Emergency for their respective states, and a few George Mason students are ready to hunker down for a couple of days if necessary, loading up on food, water, toilet paper, shampoo, and soap.
Transportation agencies throughout the D.C. region have plans in place to pre-treat roads, which drivers like Diana Mauck plan on steering clear of once the snow starts piling up:
"I'm doing a lot of praying and hoping that we don't get a whole lot," she says.
The storm is sure to be a multi-day event for area road crews, and VDOT says driving could be tricky.