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      Freezing rain doesn't stop last-minute shopping

      Jefferson City residents braved slick roads and near-freezing temperatures Saturday to complete some last-minute Christmas shopping across the city.

      With Christmas less than a week away, shoppers filled parking lots across Downtown and the western part of the city. Despite the cold and rain, many people had a pleasant disposition.

      "Most of us were expecting this," Said Brittany Badding. "It's not nearly as bad as I thought it would end up being, which is definitely a good thing."

      At Capital Mall, it was difficult to find a place to park. The warm indoor shopping atmosphere at the mall was a draw for many customers Saturday. Several employees told KRCG13 that the weekend before Christmas is especially busy.

      "It's crazy," Said Go! Calendars salesperson Molly Jenkins. "I think this is probably the busiest I've seen the mall in a long time. There's so many people, it's just hard to keep your eye on everything. It's insane, I haven't seen the mall this full in a long time."

      Several residents said that they were grateful that the weather wasn't any worse Saturday.

      "I'm thankful we can actually get out," Jefferson City resident Kara Kellam said. "I've got a lot of last minute things to do before it gets really bad."

      With more freezing rain expected, drivers can get the most current weather information by visiting the MODOT traveler map.