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Crews prepare roads, parking lots for snow

COLONIE -- Snow plow owners spent New Years Day preparing for 8-12 inches of impeding snow. Bryan Luizzi, owner of Luizzi Bros., estimates his company will have up to 50 vehicles on the road to clear area parking lots and roads.

Our biggest thing is making sure everybody is plowed and cleaned by 7am, which when you have so many contracts and so many guys running sometimes it's tough to have everybody cleaned out between 6am and 8 am, said Luizzi.

The extremely cold temperatures expected with the storm will mean traditional salt may not work. Instead Luizzi recommends using calcium chloride or other anti-ice mixtures designed for subzero temperatures.

If you put a good layer of this underneath before it snows it has a tendency to do a bit of preventative measure, said Luizzi. Dont be afraid to go out there and throw some salt on the driveway before it even starts snowing and then dont wait until the very end of the storm to clean it up. Four, five or six inches is a lot easier to clean up than 12 or 14 inches.

State DOT workers spent the afternoon putting liquid sodium bromide on the roadways. The mixture dries on pavement and is reactivated when the snow hits to speed the removal process.

At Lowes, employees worked to keep snow shovels and throwers in stock, while also working on contingency plans if they run out.

When that does happen we do have provisions of having emergency loads coming in from alternate means we wouldn't normally have accessible, but again when heavy weather hits we find ways of getting the salt, maybe other models of snow throwers we wouldn't normally carry just to satisfy our customers' needs, said Jason Gentry, an assistant manager at Lowes.

The snow is expected to lightly fall between Wednesday evening and Friday afternoon, which prolongs the clean-up process. DOT workers will work alternating 12 hour shifts to help keep the roads clear during the snowfall.