Central Virginia Preps for a Snowy Blast

January 20, 2014

Despite the mild conditions on Monday, many people spent the day gearing up for the colder weather expected to hit the area on Tuesday -- but not before soaking up the sunshine while it lasts.

"We are outside today because it is stunning out right now, at least for January weather," said Mahogany Smith, who sported shorts on Monday.

Smith is operations manager at Club Mo. His trainers moved their fitness classes outdoors for the day before the push ups and pull ups turn into piling up snow.

But Smith says all that shoveling is a workout itself.

"It engages your core. It works your biceps. It works your booty. It works the legs. It works the shoulders. It works everything," said Smith. "Remember though -- lift with your knees, not with your back."

While some people hit the gym, others with the stores.

Jenny Nowlen stopped by Martin Hardware to pick up not one, but a handful of snow shovels "so everybody can participate."

Shovels were the big ticket item at the store, according to Brian Cecil. Cecil manned the cash register for part of the day Monday.

He says rock salt was also a popular buy among people preparing for the inclement weather.

"The earlier you get here and done with it, the more you can appreciate the snow, which is what it's all about," said Cecil.

And if the kids toting sleds out of the store are any indication, children are just as ready as adults for what's to come.

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