The 8 best foods to buy before a snowstorm

It may be mid-March, but believe it or not, we're still right in the middle of 2017's blizzard season.

Whether you're facing the brunt of Northeast snowstorm the next few days, or you're just hoping to get educated before Mother Nature's next blow -- it's always smart to be prepared for bad weather.

So before grocery stores are wiped clean, beat the crowds and stock up your pantry with these storm essentials. Snowstorms can bring freezing pipes and power outages, so focus on these kitchen staples that are all affordable, nutritious and nonperishable.

If you're at risk of being affected, make sure you always have these foods on hand: