Why we buy milk, bread and toilet paper when it snows

Expect a run on milk ahead of a possible storm.

Story highlights

  • Those items are always the first to go when snow threatens
  • The trend apparently dates to the mid-20th century

A version of this story ran in January 2015.

(CNN)Is there something about snowstorms that makes us want to eat French toast and sit on the toilet?

With every predicted blizzard, there's a mad dash to load up on milk, bread, eggs and toilet paper. But why those particular items?
    Sure, there are some variations, including booze, snack foods and even ice cream. Yet these items are the first to disappear from store shelves when the dreaded s-word is mentioned.

    Just wait until Friday.

    Posted by WRAT 95.9FM on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
    According to AccuWeather.com, we might be able to thank a particular region for at least some of it.
    "It appears that New Englanders can take credit for the purchasing of milk and bread prior to the storm," the site reported. "It was the monumental blizzard in 1978 that trapped many in homes for weeks that gets at least some credit for the current tradition."