(NECN: Melissa Toupin, Worcester, Mass.) - The first signs of spring are popping up all around Central Massachusetts, but they could soon be hidden by several inches of snow.
The streets are clear now but City crews are once again preparing the fleet of sanders and plows. It's a bad April fool's joke for the city. Worcester's snow removal budget is already 2 million dollars in the red. If Thursday night's storm hits as forecasted DPW commissioner Bob Moylan estimates it will cost the city upwards of $150,000. Moylan says public safety remains a top priority.
This wouldn't be the first time it snowed on April 1st. Back in 1997 the City of Worcester was buried under more than 30 inches.
Utility companies are also taking the storm seriously. National Grid has crews ready to respond to any storm related problems. They will have additional contractors on call if heavy snow starts taking down power lines.
Still, hardy New Englanders say they're used to expecting the unexpected.