As the snow started to pile up, people went to the store to stock up on snow supplies, like ice melt, snow shovels and ice scrapers.
Keokuk resident Brian Bode said he was caught off-guard because last year's winter was so mild he just hadn't thought about stocking up this year.
"Last year we didn't hardly have any so I didn't even notice that we didn't have any shovels or anything extra for my new business that I opened. I had to come in and get one so why not wait until the last minute that way you didn't know if you needed it or not," said Bode.
Lee County wasn't alone, stores all across the Tri-States were busy selling winter supplies.
Retailers welcomed the business, after a dismal sales season last winter.
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