Anxious shoppers empty shelves ahead of major snowstorm

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Northeast Prepares for Monster Storm

Anxious shoppers across the East Coast are freaking out about a brewing storm that's expected to drop tons of snow this weekend from Knoxville to Boston. They're emptying shelves of critical basics like bread and milk in anticipation of the looming snowpocalypse.

Granted, the forecast could change, leaving people with a lifetime supply of Wonder Bread for nothing. But as of early Thursday, Winter Storm Jonas was expected to dump heavy snow across more than 14 states, with up to two feet of snow falling on D.C. and Virginia.

See how residents are preparing for the storm along the coast:

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Winter Storm Jonas preparation -- Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania
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Anxious shoppers empty shelves ahead of major snowstorm
Pennsylvania Avenue looking toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington is virtually empty, early Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, as the Nation's Capital hunkers down in preparation for a major snowstorm expected to begin later in the day. The Federal Government will close all of their offices in the area at noon. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
Tracy Whitman, of Owings Mills, Md., carries a snow sled she purchased in Towson, Md., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Xueyu Zeng, of Towson, Md., sweeps snow from a walkway in Towson, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, after a snow fell the night before.. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Richard Warner, of Newtown, Pa., right, and an unidentified man discuss the pros and cons of various snowblowers outside a Lowe's home improvement warehouse Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Langhorne, Pa. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Vincent Ayd, left, owner of Ayd Hardware in Towson, Md., and truck driver Mike Jock, of Newark, Del., unload snow shovels and ice-melt in Towson, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Phi Tran, of Bensalem, Pa., holds a blower that he bought in preparation for a snow storm predicted this weekend, Thursday, Jan.21, 2016, in Langhorne, Pa. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A worker in a hardware store assembles snow shovels on January 21, 2016 ahead of an expected blizzard. A blizzard warning has been issued for the Washington region with a forecast of 2 feet, 61 cm, of snow. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Firewood and antifreeze sits for sasle in front of Lowes Home Improvement in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecast predict an incoming blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Half empty shelves of water are seen at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasts predict an incoming snow blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A shopper pushes a cart down the toilet paper aisle at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasts predict an incoming blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman stands in front of firewood and antifreeze with snow shovels as she shops at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasters predict an incoming snow blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The shelf sits empty where snow shovels used to be at Lowes Home Improvement in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasters predict an incoming snow blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Half empty shelves of water at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecast predict an incoming blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Shoppers at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, grab what is left of the snow shovels on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasters predict an incoming snow blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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The storm could also bring in powerful winds, ice and coastal flooding, says The Weather Channel.

Ppl shopping like its the end of the world!!! 😱😱🙈😜 #nomilk #nobread #nothingleft #walmart #blizzard2016

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With the storm expected to last from Friday to Sunday, people are taking every precaution to make sure they have enough eggs and a sturdy supply of organic chicken thighs. Images that Vocativ collected showed that shelves are depressingly bare, even at big chains like Trader Joes, Walmart and Kroger.

🚫🐓. The swarm before winter storm #Jonas descends upon DC.

A photo posted by Bridget Coyne (@bridgetcoyne) on



Instagram users noted that the lack of basic food items in stores by Wednesday afternoon made it seem like people are preparing to make milk sandwiches.

It has begun...time to make those milk sandwiches... #milksandwiches #jonas #snowmaggedon

A photo posted by Tiffany (@tiffaneeshante) on

Others are taking storm preparations in stride, and stocking up on what's really important.

Preparing for the coming #blizzard2016 #bar #homebar #totallyafunctioningadultandeveryrhing

A photo posted by Kyle John Ignatius (@nepatransplant) on

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