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December 27, 2012


Largest snowfall in nearly two years expected


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “Once the streets get a little slippery we’ll start salting the hills and main road and then start plowing,” Allen said.

Niagara County Highway Operations Supervisor Randy Retzlaff said Wednesday that his crews were also ready to roll, adding that earlier snowfalls this month gave highway workers an opportunity to get back in the swing of things.

Retzlaff said there are eight active plow routes in the county and spare vehicles are ready to be used if needed.

“It’s a matter of getting the excess snow off the roads first,” Retzlaff said. “Then we’ll salt to cut it (down to the pavement. As soon as it starts to fall, we’ll call the crews in.”

Both Retzlaff and Allen said their crews seem to favor nighttime snow plowing.

“During the day you have parked cars and traffic to deal with,” Allen said.

County crews, meanwhile, have a different take.

“The guys feel they can see better with the lights,” Retzlaff said. “No matter when it falls, they’ll do what it takes to get the roads cleared.”

In Lockport, Friday’s forecast calls for a chance of flurries and freezing drizzle before 10 a.m., then a chance of flurries until 1 p.m. The temperature is projected to be 28 degrees.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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