With widespread snow expected across the northeast this weekend, hardware stores, snow plow drivers and more are gearing up for a major cleanup effort.
At Ace Hardware in Burlington, Manager David Abell and his staff were busy assembling snow shovels and hauling in buckets of ice melt in preparation for last-minute shoppers.
“We just started today seeing people come in who have been putting it off,” Abell said. “They’ve got their shovels they’ve been pushing for years that are getting old and worn out.”
Abell said customers have been opting for the ergonomic shovels, which are designed to help reduce stress on the lower back.
While homeowners are busy digging out Sunday morning, snow plow drivers will be contending with light, fluffy snow that may cause rural roads to be slippery long after the storm passes. Highway Superintendent Paul Goodrich with the Shelburne Highway Department said he expects that won’t be an issue in his town.
“We’ve got it better than most,” Goodrich said. “We don’t have a lot of backroads that some towns have. You just hope we don’t have any breakdowns and we can handle it, if you have a breakdown and lose a truck or something, then you’re in trouble.”
Goodrich is a seasoned snow plower, having been with the Shelburne Highway Department for 52 years. He recalled other cases where large snowstorms didn’t end up delivering the blockbuster snowfall predicted.
“I guess we’re just about ready for it, you hear everything for numbers,” Goodrich said. “We’ll wait to see what happens, maybe we’ll get nothing.”
For skiiers and snowboarders, the incoming snowfall isn’t so much a chore as it is a call to head to the mountains. Scott Pellegrini, director of sales and marketing at Bolton Valley, said they’re expecting a large crowd, especially considering many have a long weekend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“We have a hotel that’s near capacity,” Pellegrini said. “We already have fantastic conditions and now with free refills, it’s going to be very soft and very deep even through the woods.”
As the storm approaches, be sure to follow the latest snowfall predictions and weather updates from the Local 22 & Local 44 weather team.