NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – An ending to the snowfall brought a beginning to shoveling. 22News spent the day in Hampshire County to see how residents and businesses were affected by the storm.
From Thursday to Friday, from morning to night, it snowed, and snowed and snowed. When it was over it was time for hardy New Englanders to man the snow blower.
Kevin O’Donnell of Easthampton told 22News, “Well I was around for Blizzard of 78′, but I was just married then. But hey, we’re a lot luckier than some people are. If you don’t like it, go to Florida.”
It was a snowstorm that put western Massachusetts in the deep freeze. Now one of the big questions is what do you do with all the snow. One of the only solutions is to pile it up. This is a familiar picture in parking lots across western Massachusetts.
Friday morning’s breakfast rush at Brugger’s Bagels was a little slower than normal. No teacher customers, but it was supplemented by hungry plow drivers.
Nicki Rannikko, the General Manager of Bruegger’s Bagels, said, “We do get busy with some plows guys and everybody on the road. It is New England, but it is slower. Yesterday, for instance, we usually do $1,800. We did $1,400.”
In Northampton, a foot of snow wasn’t enough to stop the pedal people. With steel studded tires, they delivered trash and recyclables to the city transfer station.
Barry Febos, pedal people, said, “Well it gets pretty burly on a day like today, but we’re pretty dedicated, so we come out and do it. If we don’t do it, someone else has to come out and do it.”
In Easthampton, Mountain Road was reopened and residential neighborhoods slowly came to life, after some gasoline and a little elbow grease.