Not only was Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving, but it was also the first snow day of the season. Many retailers experienced a boost in business because of that.
Grocery stores and auto parts stores, especially, were crowded. People were picking up their Thanksgiving foods early before the weather got worse. There was also a last-minute rush to purchase items such as snow scrapers and windshield-wiper blades.
The night before Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest days of the year for pizza places. But Wednesday night's snowy weather had some pizza drivers nervous, making orders take a little longer than usual to arrive.