SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday’s snowstorm is expected to make road conditions extremely hazardous all day and likely Friday morning as well.
Full shopping carts and a full parking lot. With another winter storm heading toward western Massachusetts, grocery stores were busy Wednesday night.
Diane Newell of Ludlow said, “Got lots of orange juice and bagels. Things that anybody would want if they are not going out.”
Cherie Cabral of Ludlow said, “We know the kids are going to be home from school, so you need different food in the house than if they weren’t home. So picking up something things to entertain them.”
Thursday’s storm is expected to drop about a foot of heavy, wet snow. Many schools have been cancelled, and parking bans have been issued.
The Springfield Department of Public Works recently purchased additional road salt. The city used more salt and sand than expected, but the priority right now isn’t the money. It’s cleaning up the roads after every storm.
Springfield DPW Director Al Chwalek told 22News, “It’s going to take us days to get all the snow removed. It’s a lot of snow. It’s very heavy, and our little trucks, as other people, will have a great deal of difficulty, so I expect we’ll be plowing all the way into Sunday.”
Chwalek is urging all drivers to follow the parking ban. That will help speed up the clean up process.
Make sure to give yourself enough time to get to where you’re going, and slow down and keep some extra distance between you and the car in front of you, you may need more room to stop your car.