Severe Weather Threats Aren’t Stopping Holiday Shoppers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — With the threat of severe weather in the Tennessee Valley holiday shoppers are still out in full force.

Dark clouds rolled in over north Alabama Saturday. At Parkway Place in Huntsville though, you wouldn’t realize it.

The Saturday before Christmas is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Weather threats or not Huntsville shoppers are keeping that trend alive, braving the weather and the crowds. Macy Ladner was doing last-minute shopping. “I really didn’t think it would be that crazy. I thought I was the only one who waited last-minute,” Ladner says.

If the shoppers thought maneuvering through the crowds was tough, finding a parking spot was actually the feat to accomplish.

The Masters family was one of the lucky ones. That luck didn’t come easily, though. “It took us 45 minutes to find a parking spot,” Kelly Masters says.

They say they braved the weather to get some shopping done, and of course, see the man of the season. “We had to get Santa pictures. It’s our first Christmas in Alabama so we had to make it special.”

Their plan was to get done early, but hundreds of other shoppers had the same idea. “Well, we were trying to get out a little early before the storms came in, but as crazy as it is, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Masters says.

As for other shoppers like Ryan Williams, the soggy and windy day isn’t bringing down the mood of the season. “Well, because it’s Christmas time,” Williams says, “You gotta be happy.”

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