Local residents prepare to brace possible snow storm

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Preparing for possible severe winter weather was the priority for some residents in the Twin Tiers Wednesday. 

“I had to get some stuff before the snow came,” James Rarrick, a Home Depot customer, said. 

The Home Depot in Painted Post was busy with customers as snow began to weigh into the area. 

Employees said snow throwers were one of the hottest commodities of the week. 

“Just today we sold about six or seven and it’s only midday, so I’m anticipating another 10 to 15 units of sales this week and probably about 50 to round out the week,” James Bouchard, the operations assistant manager at the Home Depot, said. 

Some customers said the machines help alleviate pain caused from shoveling. 

“I’m too old and too heavy to shovel snow anymore so I’ve decided that it was time to get a snow blower,” Stephen Barrett, a Home Depot customer, said. 

“It’s not exercise when we’re out there shoveling, we really want to do things a little bit more efficiently and safely,” Peter McNeilly, another customer, said. 

Home Depot employees in Painted Post said this week was the first significant uptick in snow thrower sales the store has seen since the last snow storm that blanketed the Twin Tiers in November. 

Other winter hardware, like shovels, tarps and ice melts were brought to the front of the store for easy access as snow predictions escalate. 

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