Last-minute shoppers stock up before winter freeze

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — They walked in by the dozens to stock up on frozen foods ahead of the city’s own deep freeze.

“I ain’t worried about a storm,” said Rudolph Bradshaw. “It’s going to get colder than this later on.”

At Gary’s Grocery Market in Orange Mound, the aisles were packed with aunts, dads, and kids grabbing non-perishables for the next few days.

Many embraced the plummeting temperatures, but others couldn’t wait for the frigid weather to end.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Shirley Baker. “My mom had me in labor in cold in the car and all I had was a blanket, so I guess I love cold weather. Walking in a Winter Wonderland!”

“I’m ready,” said Haywod Ward. “I’m going to work!”

The dozens of shoppers hoped to fill their fridges so they wouldn’t have to return to the store for a few days.

Temperatures are expected to plummet from -10 degrees to -20 degrees overnight with the wind chill.

“I’ll be in the house, with the heat on!” said Raymond Ross.