SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A lot of kids had the day off on Thursday thanks to Mother Nature. Some businesses even closed their doors, but certainly not everyone. For many, it was business almost as usual.
If you are a health care worker or part of the police force or fire department, the winter storm didn't stop you from clocking in on Thursday. A good number of places closed up shop, but there were still some businesses happy to welcome you inside.
Winter Storm Q isn't a clever band name. It's not a blockbuster movie nor a video game title, but it is a reason a lot of people didn't go into work Thursday.
Not everyone had the day off. Like a lot of other retailers in the Ozarks, O'Reilly Auto Parts sold a lot of rock salt, deicer and ice scrapers. When the storm actually hit, they started selling a lot of something else -- windshield wipers.
"The rubber on them will actually rip right off, and that's what causes the wipers to go bad -- the rubber piece inside," said O'Reilly Auto Parts store Assistant Manager Laura Honeycutt.
Windshield wipers were a hot item, but there was plenty else to worry about in the winter weather.
"We saw a lot of antifreeze, just to make sure the radiator doesn't freeze. If it does, it causes a lot of leaks," Honeycutt said. "A lot of batteries and alternators, too; this weather will kill an alternator and a battery quickly."
Meanwhile, in Ozark, Family Pharmacy was up and running.
"We take care of a lot of people's health care needs -- a lot of elderly patients, hospice patients, nursing homes," said pharmacist Chad Rollins.
When bad weather hits, a lot of people can't make it to a Family Pharmacy location. To remedy that situation, Family Pharmacy will bring prescriptions to you.
"I've been here nine years, we've been open for about 30, and I don't think we've ever missed getting someone their medicine," Rollins said.
While the footage for the winter storm may not land in the national archives, many schools, businesses, and drivers will be glad when it's all melted away and things get back to normal.