Gawker has done a nice job of capturing the uniquely East Coast festival of hysteria that seems to sweep through the population anytime more than a half inch of snow is forecast: the semi-annual Looting of the Supermarket. If you live on the right coast, you're familiar with the drill: Snow is forecast, all the frickin' bread and milk is swept off the shelves, snow falls, people dig their cars out, and life goes on. Minus bread and milk.
As Gawker (covering the DC-area blizzard) puts it:
"Naturally, the capitol is preparing for the impending blizzard by hoarding Lunchables, half & half and Chunky Monkey."