Cleaning up winter wonderland

By Erika Mahoney

January 3, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 11:17 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) When the mercury drops and the white stuff piles up, the few you'll see braving the storm, are inside snow plows.

The town of Binghamton highway superintendent spent at least 16 hours behind the wheel this storm, but he's been on the job for 23 years.

The frigid temperatures are proving the hardest part this time around.

"We're just basically cleaning up, but the temperature dropped, and then the wind started picking up and then we have snow drifts to contend with," Michael Donahue, Town of Binghamton Highway Superintendent said.

They also have other drivers to contend with. Donahue says if you see a snow plow nearby, you're supposed to pull over. He also recommends drivers give enough space between their car and the snow plows because the plows blow a lot of snow around.

On Friday, it wasn't just the professionals cleaning up. Blue, clear skies gave people a chance to catch up.

Lots of people spent the day shoveling and snow blowing the powder away from their homes and off their cars.

Some had more cars to clean off than others, like the Honda Miller staff.

"We've got quite a few vehicles here, we started at about 8:30 this morning and by 11:30 we were all done," Steve Miller, Honda Sales Manager, said.

All of this cleanup requires brushes, shovels, rakes and salt.

"Right now rock salt is a necessity, but then don't forget, rock salt stops at five degrees," Joe Kovarik, President of Kovarik True Value Hardware said. "Your calcium, your potassium, your magnesium all work to fifteen to twenty below."

Kovarik said purchasing snow rakes and de-icers are also important tools to make sure the snow doesn't damage homes or cars.

Good tips to keep in mind, because it's just the beginning of winter wonderland in the Twin Tiers.

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