Preparing for Lake Effect Snow

Posted at 9:12 AM, Nov 17, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-12 09:06:55-05

Residents across western New York have been preparing for an incoming burst of snow.

A wet snow started falling in Orchard Park at around 5:30 on Monday morning -- the first sign of the Lake Effect storm heading to the region.

Crews were out before 5:00 a.m. salting the roads. Some residents are still preparing for the arctic blast.

7 Eyewitness News crews stopped by Ed Young's Hardware in Williamsville on Sunday. Many people were still stocking up for the storm.

Experts gave some tips to those still scurrying to prepare. One tip, invest in a curved shovel with a metal tip.

Another piece of advice -- be prepared to buy a lot of salt. A single family can go through a 50 pound bag in a Buffalo winter.

"They make a lot of different salt, there's rock salt which is the thick little pellets, but the calcium chloride takes these round beads and its better on your driveway, if you have problems on your roof, you can put it on your roof," says Chris Young, a manager at Ed Young's Hardware.

Anybody getting a snow blower ready is advised not to use the same gas as last winter. If it has just been sitting in the garage, that gas can actually damage equipment.

Private snowplow contractors also tell 7 Eyewitness News that they are getting ready, and already on standby for the storm.