Digging Out Before Next Blast Of Snow

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 14, 2007 at 7:35 PM EDT

As people dig out from Thursday's winter blast, another storm is waiting in the clouds.

And this time we might measure the snow in feet.

People and snow removal teams are ready for a busy weekend.

Emmerich Bares of Castle Creek plows his friend's sidewalks in Binghamton, but the wet snow left from Thursday was tough to clean up.

"But it's fun, I enjoy it," says Bares.

At 92 years old, Bares says he's not worried about the next storm either.

"I never worry about the weather, there's nothing I can do about it, if there was something I could do about it, then I'd worry about it,' says Bares.

Ebony Lightner doesn't mind shoveling what's already on the ground, but hopes the weekend storm won't be too bad.

"I'm pretty sure it's going to snow when I'm trying to drive and go somewhere and have fun. So I'm not ready for the storm to come, it can come in January or something," says Lightner.

Private plow companies are expecting a busy weekend too.

Joe Nabywaniec is part-owner of Ron Aton Blacktop, which also does snow removal.

He and his crews were out today clearing many commercial parking lots before the next blast of winter.

"It's better to get on it when you can get on it and get it out of the way, or else it's just that much harder on everything," says Nabywaniec.

In the City of Binghamton, crews worked up to 12 hour shifts Thursday and expect the same for Sunday.

They're stacking salt and making sure the plows are in shape.

"The equipment gets, can get beat up pretty well during snow removal, the blades on the plows and things like that," says Tom Costello of City of Binghamton Public Works.

Costello says he's not concerned about the snow already on the ground.

If we get one or two more feet, he says there's an abandoned site where it can all be dumped.

The city has 27 plow trucks it can use to clear roads.

Costello expects they'll all be out Sunday for 24 hours in a row.

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