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Western New York gets ready for snow, are you prepared?

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 16, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-11 18:33:56-05

As the cold air moves in and heavy bands of lake effect snow are expected, how prepared are you for this blast of winter weather?

We checked out some local hardware stores Sunday, where residents are getting ready to take on the snow.

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"I don't feel as prepared as I should be," said Sherrie Bloom, a Williamsville resident. "I'm here to get some salt, and I'm looking at purchasing a snow blower.'

Experts recommend at least one 50 pound bag of salt per household, which could run up to $25.00 per bag.

Some Williamsville residents, also making the big investment in a snow blower this year. Experts recommend not using old gas, that's been sitting in your garage. Always buy new gas for your snow removal device.

When it comes to shovels, there are a lot of different ones to choose from. Experts say to make it easier on your back, and to remove the most snow, use a shovel that is curved.

"A curved shovel will help if you have back issues," said Chris Young, a manager at Ed Young's Hardware in Williamsville. "The curved shovel also helps to remove heavy, wet snow."