Preparing for Thursday’s snowstorm


AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The sun was shining over Hampshire County on Wednesday, but it’ll be a completely different story on Thursday, with snow, ice, and the equipment to clear it all.

For some, the prep starts inside the home. Harry Remer of Hadley told 22News, “The only thing that we focus on is making sure that we have enough wood for our fireplace insert.”

Then there’s the mess outside. Shovels and brushes are running low at Rocky’s Ace Hardware in South Hadley, and half their salt inventory is already gone. Assistant manager Mike Mostowski told 22News, “I would pretty much suggest buying at least 2-3 bags. So you just throw it in a bucket, and then you can really save it all year.”

Severe Weather Alert: Heavy snow expected in western Mass.

Meanwhile, Northampton’s DPW is pre-treating the roads with plans to use all 60 of their plows on Thursday. They expect to put a good dent in the 1,800 tons of salt they have on hand. The water department will clear all fire hydrants, but the responsibility depends on where you live.

In Amherst, there are over 1,100 fire hydrants across town. Although it’s the DPW’s responsibility to clean the snow around them, they’re also asking any residents who have fire hydrants near their property to help out and do the same.

If you don’t clean the sidewalks on your property within 24 hours, it’ll cost you. Amherst residents receive a warning before getting a $50 fine. The DPW suggests making arrangements with a neighbor or friend if you’ll be away from home.

To see if you’re responsible for clearing fire hydrants, contact your city or town hall.Click here to see the 22News Storm Team’s latest snowfall forecast

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