GREENSBORO, N.C. — With a major winter storm heading toward the Carolinas, you better believe there’s a mad dash for the milk and bread!

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Already store shelves are painting the picture of what’s to come this weekend. Check out this photo of the bread section at the Walmart in Kernersville.

Bread section at the Walmart in Kernersville Pic. Courtesy: Leanne Petty

But do you know where the tradition stems from? It’s not just a southern tradition.


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According to AccuWeather, New England takes the credit for this tradition. New Englanders purchased milk and bread prior to a monumental blizzard in 1978 that trapped many in their homes for weeks.

But in 2014, writer Virginia Montanez set out to answer this now age-old question for Pittsburgh Magazine. She discovered a newspaper reference to milk on November 24, 1950, that read “the one shortage that has hit all sections.” She also discovered another reference to bread as being “doled out in some stores” due to nearly three feet of snow.

Some make references that you need bread, milk, and eggs for French toast. But when you think about it, you also need milk for snow cream!