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Panic buying at supermarkets as Britain braces itself for the big freeze.

It has started to snow again .... very cold wind along with it makes things worse.

Just as long as electric and computer keep going, not worried. 

Ice-bound Britain is paralysed by the biggest snowfall for years . . . and grit and gas supplies are already running low

By Ray Massey and Paul Sims
Last updated at 12:22 PM on 06th January 2010

Army drafted in to rescue 1,000 stranded motorists

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Up to 1,000 stranded motorists had to be rescued by the Army this morning after some of the heaviest snowfalls in 30 years left drivers trapped in their cars overnight.

Among those stranded without food and water was a heavily-pregnant woman and her baby daughter.

Snowstorms have caused massive disruptions on the roads and railways - leaving millions unable to get to work.

Thousands of schools remain closed, while major airports have been forced to ground flights as snow ploughs try desperately to clear runways of snow and ice.

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Panic buying at supermarkets as Britain braces itself for the big freeze

By James Tozer
Last updated at 9:21 AM on 06th January 2010

Hot food and warm clothing were flying off supermarket shelves yesterday as shivering shoppers braced themselves for the deepening big freeze.

Where roads were not already impassable with snow, buyers seized the chance to stock up on vital supplies to see them and their families through in case they end up trapped at home.

And alongside the tinned soup, thermal underwear and bags of salt, there was a surprise best-seller - cat litter.
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Shelves were emptied of food at Spar in Stockport as worried shoppers prepare for snow

Following an article in the Daily Mail revealing how people are using it in place of grit to clear paths and driveways, demand has been soaring, with Asda reporting sales up by 55 per cent in just two days.

However, those who have put cat litter to the test report that while it makes surfaces less slippery, it does little to help melt snow and ice, and can make a mess when trodden into floors and carpets.

Bags of salt are also being snapped up, with sales of 1.5kg bags of cooking salt up five-fold at Morrisons and rock salt sales up 150 per cent at B&Q.
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Conditions could worsen tonight as 40cm of snow is expected

Hot, hearty food was much in demand, with Asda selling 50 per cent more porridge and other oat cereals as this time last year and 20 per cent more ready-made hotpots and casseroles.

Stodgy puddings were also up, while Tesco said soup sales were up 80 per cent on two weeks ago.

The deepening winter chill was encouraging shoppers to stock up on cold weather gear, with thermal underwear sales up ten-fold at Asda and wellington boots also sought after.

PANIC BUYING SEVERE STORM


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