Winter’s wrath proving to be costly

CHICOPEE, Mass.  (WWLP) – Below freezing temps and 24 inches of snow in sixteen days, and that’s just in February.  Not only is this winter beastly, but also costly.

“Oil, wood, gasoline, salt, you name it, everything you need for winter time,” said Steven Swauger of Somerset.

The manager at Rocky’s in Agawam told 22News they’ve sold more than 10 tons of rock salt and ice melt this week alone.  And as they wait for another shipment on Tuesday, those who’ve been shelling out hundreds of dollars for heating await warmer weather.

“I bought 500 gallons worth of oil and I keep my house at 66 degrees. It’s ridiculous. I don’t know how they expect people to live any longer. It’s $3.84 a gallon; it’s what I paid for it yesterday,” said Eileen Mason of Springfield on Sunday.

This winter’s wrath is racking up expenses for many.  From snow removal costs, to extra food and even generators, some say they’ve spent hundreds to be prepared.

“We have a generator now so we always want to make sure we have everything we need for the generator. We have food and medicine for the pets. We have blankets, oh my, blankets,” said Nicole Tetreault of Chicopee.

The storms have also impacted businesses.

It’s proven most costly to airlines which have grounded more than 75,000 domestic flights since December of last year.

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