The winter weather that's coming our way is sure to make a mess of your morning commute. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Geoff Redick caught up with State DOT crews who are working through the night to keep us safe on the roads. And a local business that's actually glad we're going to get hit with an upwards of a foot of snow.
CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- It's the tired old wintertime anthem of DOT snow plow drivers: yes, they're ready to do their jobs: yes, they know the storm could be big, no; they can't clear it all away at once.
"No way to get around it: your commute's going to be rough in the morning. Obviously if you have to go to work, if you have to be on the roads, leave extra time," said Bryan Viggiani, DOT Spokesperson.
One-hundred seventy-seven plow trucks will be hitting state highways before and during the commute. The good news is that salt should be effective with temperatures forecast in the twenties.
The bad news is snow could fall at a rate of two inches per hour.
"Because of that, it's going to be slow. And it may be a little slower than you'd like," said Viggiani.
"Thank god for us, because until summer or spring comes, as a hardware store we still need to turn out winter product," said John Phillips, Phillips Hardware President & CEO.
While most national chain stores sell off their salt and shovels early in winter.
"Usually the smaller places, we still have our inventory and the sales to go all the way until late, you know, definitely into spring and the sunny weather," said Phillips.
In fact, Phillips estimates he may make as much as 40 percent of yearly revenues, selling snow removal supplies late in winter, a critical line item in a small business budget.
Phillips said, "In Upstate New York, the aspect of running a business is usually a little more expensive in the wintertime. So it is nice when we see these little hits and little surges, it does help us rebuild some of our cash flow to get through those months and look forward to spring."
Aren't we all?
Phillips says he knows from his friends in small business, that every local business benefits during a snowstorm.
People won't drive so far in a storm to get what they need, so you might decide to eat at the local diner, instead of the chain, at the mall.