As Western New York braces for the first major snowfall of the season, communities that could see a significant amount of snow are busy preparing for both the good and bad aspects of winter.
Plow driver Mark Mason, owner of Mason's Mowing & Landscaping IN Hamburg, spent thousands on a new plow and pickup truck. Instead of pulling in business, Mason estimates that he is out two to three thousand dollars a day due to the lack of snow. As to the lake-effect snow that is coming, "I can't wait," said Mason.
At Gear for Adventure in the Village of Hamburg, owners Sarah and Kevin Beckwith are expecting a rush of customers for cold weather gear. The store also rents snowshoes and cross-country skis, and hopes the rental business will finally get going.
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East Aurora is preparing for its annual Carolcade on Saturday night, but anticipated heavy snowfall had DPW crews working to make sure plows and salters were ready to go.
Some of the heaviest snow is expected to fall in the Southern Tier in places like Mayville. Chautauqua County Undersheriff Charles Holder said the department is expecting to see a number of problems over the next 24 to 48 hours.
"It think it is a reality check for WNY and it is time for us to get our winter driving skills back in play," explained the undersheriff.
The sheriff's department is reminding people to slow down in wintry weather and keep extra space between your car and vehicle in front. Also, make sure vehicles have proper supplies such as good wiper blades, blankets, snacks, and a shovel to help dig out in case your vehicle gets stuck.