Nor'easter Gets Off to Slow Start in Southeastern Mass. - NECN

Nor'easter Gets Off to Slow Start in Southeastern Mass.



    (NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Fall River, MA) - From central Mass. to the southeastern part of the state, bands of snowy weather made driving unpredictable.

    Jennifer Coriander of Somerset, MA said, "I have to drive right now to New York so I hope God watches me in my ride."

    It took a while for this slow moving storm to change from light flurries to a thicker snow that slicked down the streets in southern Massachusetts.

    Drivers were ready for it, but not happy about it.

    Jeffrey Lash of Fall River said, "It's hard to drive, it's just a mess."

    "Crazy, ridiculous, cold and I wish I was in Florida," said Coriander.

    Derek Echer of Fall River said, "We all get panicked about it but I drive a four wheel truck, so it's not so bad."

    Bob Cambra with Robinson Supply in Fall River was out salting his sidewalk and parking lot every hour.

    "Pre-salting so I don't have to shovel tomorrow," said Cambra.

    But he says with the storm originally anticipated to hit a lot earlier and stronger than it has, business has been slow.

    Cambra said, "Nobody's been coming in at all today. They canceled all the schools one day too early I think. Now the poor kids will have to go another day in the summer."

    Plow truck drivers were pleased with the advanced warning so they could be prepared.

    Tim Walsh of Woodstock, CT said, "Getting ready for it, knowing it's coming, not having to wait until the last minute to put the plow on in the snow makes it a little bit easier."

    Jack Kavorkian with Mass DOT said, "It's easier to plow as it snows than to wait until you get a foot of snow and then try to take care of it."

    He says crews began salting early Wednesday morning to melt the first flakes that reached the ground and to try to keep the roadways from icing up.

    "It takes care of probably two to three inches of snow before the heavy stuff comes," said Kavorkian.

    But he says no matter how much they prepare, crews will probably still be salting and plowing late into the night and early morning.

    Kavorkian said, "If it snows two to three inches an hour like they say it's going to, we'll be plowing for a while."