OKC prepares for winter storm

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OKLAHOMA CITY - As snow was pounding the northwest part of Oklahoma Monday afternoon, Oklahoma City residents were only seeing rain.

As a result, there were no long lines at Westlake Ace Hardware near Britton Rd. and Waverly Ave.

But manager Tracy Towns knows the store will get busier Monday night.

"You just have to be prepared," Towns said. "If you don't use it this time, you might use it next week. You have to be prepared."

One of the more popular items this year, the 60-pound bags of Tubesand.

Jerry Ealom is here to add weight to the back of his pickup truck.

"I'm just putting sand in here to give me some weight because in trucks you need weight and I don't have four-wheel drive. I need weight over those wheels."

Inside, the store is stocked with bags of ice melt, de-icer, ice scrapers, traction shoes and snow shovels.

Gerard Leon struggled to carry several shovels to his truck, because he's making sure Casady Schools has enough of them to climb out of whatever snowfall eventually arrives.

"We gotta clear the parking lots and the sidewalks," he said. "We've got to get it done."

As of 6:30 p.m., the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said their trucks were only monitoring the interstates in Oklahoma County, not treating them.

A spokesperson said they couldn't treat those roads earlier because rain would have washed the salt and sand away.

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