10 Years Later: the ice storm then is even more top of mind now

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - This week, it will be exactly 10 years since a massive ice storm hit Springfield. It seems the scars from that weather event haven't quite healed.

With the potential for another ice storm this week, many remember what happened last time and are panicking.

"I just want to be prepared in case something does happen," said Rosalyn Saddler.

An ice storm practically brought Springfield to its knees 10 years ago. It's no wonder some people worry about it happening again, like Britney Wilson's mom.

"She was panicking, went to Walmart, stocked up on groceries," she said.

"There's always a panic and you go in there and there's no bread on the shelf so I'm buying mine tonight," said Saddler.

Social media plays a bigger role this time around.

"There's still a lot of uncertainty on how things are going to play out," said KSPR chief meteorologist Kevin Lighty.

Nevertheless, many posts with weather maps that warn of a 'growing threat of significant ice accumulations' jump off the page. Some refer to the possible weather event as 'ice-maggedon.'

"She's nervous. She's worried about me."

"I think a lot of people went into her work and were freaking out about it," Wilson said, referring to her mom.

Others like Saddler have a "wait and see" attitude.

"No not really the social media hype. I just kind of watch the weather on TV and wait to see what they say," she said.

That's exactly what we should do.

"It's so far out. You can't believe the hype because so much can change. Until we get closer to this event, the finer details that mean everything won't come out until we get closer," said Lighty.

It's best to use the past to prepare.

"I was in a really bad car wreck actually in the last ice storm, ten years ago or so. So yeah, I know my parents are really worried about it," said Wilson.

"My son lives in a big house and he has a generator. If they say it's really going to be bad I'll go out there before it starts," said Saddler.

Experts say we'll have a better idea of what may happen by Wednesday.

If you haven't downloaded our free KSPR Weather app, now is a good time. You'll get all the information you need to know to keep your family safe.