Southtowns prepare for winter weather

Posted at 7:12 PM, Nov 17, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-12 19:12:55-05

The heart of the snow belt is gearing up for the first real blast of winter weather.

Areas like Hamburg and East Aurora have been preparing for this storm since the end of summer.

"We have our trucks ready, and we've been plowing and salting roads," said Hamburg Highway Superintendent Tom Best.

East Aurora has been salting since the weekend, to make sure the roads are prepared for the snow.

"You have to pre-treat the roads because if you don't you're going to have pure ice underneath," said East Aurora Highway Superintendent David Gunner.

The town has purchased a few ton more salt. This year, salt prices are up 27 percent. The town also has all plow trucks ready to go out, as well as full staffed shifts.

Many residents in the Southtowns also have been gearing up for this winter weather. People were out today buying salt, shovels and other snow removal devices.

"I saw the forecast last night and I saw we were going to get some snow," said Pat Nelson of East Aurora. "I came out to get gloves, a shovel and some gas for my snow blower."

Areas in the Southtowns are expected to receive up to 2 feet of snow overnight.