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West Mich. prepares for storm

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The possibility of all that snow has many rushing to the store, stocking up on things to get them through this storm.

These pictures were taken at the Meijer in Battle Creek -- shelves empty, carts gone and the checkout lanes are never-ending.

It's the same story at the Meijer in on Shaver Road in Portage. All 30 checkout lanes are full. The store manager says it's busier than it was during Christmas.

This storm is bringing a one-two punch. After the snow comes extreme cold. Temperatures are expected to drop well below freezing across half the nation in the coming days.

The Midwest could hit lows not seen in decades. The extreme cold can also freeze pipes, causing extensive damage.

Michigan State Police have some tips on how to prepare for temperatures well below zero.

First, stay indoors if possible. That goes for your pets too.

If you must go outside, wear protective winter gear. Remove any clothing that gets damp or wet.

Stock the car with a first-aid kit, blankets and warm clothing just in case you become stranded.

Don't forget to check on family, friends and neighbors.