Americans face down 'Snowzilla' through social media

How much food does an American family need to survive a weekend snowstorm?

How many people will say "winter is coming" on Twitter, before the "Game of Thrones" reference gets old?

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And how many photos of early snowflakes will people share, before they just hunker down and switch on the TV?

With a massive snowstorm bearing down on the Eastern United States, many Americans went all-out to prepare for a projected 25-75 centimetres of snowfall. They stocked up at grocery stores, filled up on gas and holed up in their homes, even as the first flakes began to fall.

In fact, many tweeted photos of their first signs of snow, with one user even going so far as to say: "What else you got?"

A modest start. What else you got, #blizzard2016? pic.twitter.com/XrHjWwkBEK

— John Weirick (@johnweirick) January 22, 2016

Started snowing in Sterling. #blizzard2016#wtopsnowpic.twitter.com/FmnrS61VQU

— Missy H (@Missy2Haas) January 22, 2016

The early hours of the storm also saw people flooding social media with "Game of Thrones" references.

So winter is coming? #blizzard2016#winterstormjonaspic.twitter.com/4zVdzS7Dgh

— Meow Parlour (@MeowParlour) January 22, 2016

Jon Snow was right! "Winter IS coming." #Blizzard2016#Snowzilla

— Rachana Anand (@rachanaanand) January 22, 2016

Winter is coming #blizzard2016pic.twitter.com/dUMOt5gN4Z

— Tyrion Lannister (@GoT_Tyrion) January 22, 2016

Forecasters had been warning about the storm for days, and that prompted a rush on all kinds of food at grocery stores throughout the country's eastern regions. Many stores were picked clean by Wednesday or Thursday, well before the flakes started falling on Friday.

Several users on social media shared video and images of the shopping frenzy.

In Washington, one video posted Thursday showed a line of more than 100 customers waiting to buy groceries at a Trader Joes.

Another video from Wednesday shows bare shelves at a store in Virginia, after they were cleaned out by worried locals.

What the grocery store looks like 2 days before snow storm.

Posted by Gary Brittain on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A second Virginia resident shared images of a store in her area, where the shelves had also been picked clean.

They are calling for a little snow so everyone is rushing to the store. Well, I guess 1-2 feet is a bit more than just...

Posted by Rita Jean Snyder on Thursday, January 21, 2016

But it wasn't all sky-is-falling hysteria in the United States. Many turned to Twitter to mock the snowmageddon fears. A few Canadians also got in on the fun.

I see that #blizzard2016 is trending. I thought it was a new flavour announcement from DQ. So disappointed.

— Peter L. Twohig (@Ptwohig) January 22, 2016

Meanwhile, in Washington DC... #blizzard2016pic.twitter.com/gEVWJNECHE

— 979 Xfm (@979Xfm) January 22, 2016

Snow shovel shoes. Because #blizzard2016. https://t.co/sZhOJLAAJCpic.twitter.com/jvowRwStNP

— instructables (@instructables) January 22, 2016

I totally can relate to what the northeast is going through right now. #blizzard2016#BlizzardWatchpic.twitter.com/zW6Cuu2Pq3

— Taylor Stakes (@taylorstakes) January 22, 2016

From a weather-hardened Canadian perspective, some of the tweets are just downright adorable.

Light snow starting in Gaithersburg, MD. #blizzard2016@nbcwashington stay safe! pic.twitter.com/oJ06T9QOti

— JoAnn Davis (@jojotdavis) January 22, 2016

Stay Warm #Blizzard2016 goers ... I can't even imagine. I'm cold in #SanDiego and it's 61 degrees #Snowzilla

— April LaFever (@aprillafever) January 22, 2016

Started snowing in Sterling. #blizzard2016#wtopsnowpic.twitter.com/FmnrS61VQU

— Missy H (@Missy2Haas) January 22, 2016

One woman on Twitter thought it was a big deal to see mail delivery in the snow. She had high praise for the United States Postal Service, after spotting one of their trucks making its rounds.

Shout out to @USPS !! Bravin' #blizzard2016 like champs. pic.twitter.com/FRE7kxmHru

— Katie Keller (@kekell3) January 22, 2016

Some news outlets were even offering advice for snowstorm rookies, advising people not to eat snow, and sharing diagrams of how to walk on snow and ice.

However, the snow did cause quite a few problems for drivers unaccustomed to winter conditions.

#blizzard2016 Traffic Crashes increasing with snowfall in #Virginiasnow#stayhomeifyoucan Rte 29 @AlbemarleCountypic.twitter.com/7z3oO1JuQe

— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 22, 2016

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got out of dodge early, announcing in a tweet that he was heading home from New Hampshire to beat the storm.

I'm sorry, NH but I gotta go home - we got snow coming. #Jonas

— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) January 22, 2016

Several major-league sports events scheduled for this weekend were cancelled.

BREAKING: Today's game at Washington is cancelled due to inclement weather. No makeup date announced.

— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 22, 2016

Saturday's #BOSatPHI and #UTAatWAS have been postponed due to potential severe weather conditions in the Eastern United States.

— NBA (@NBA) January 22, 2016


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