Shoveling and Scraping

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

January 22, 2007

Shoveling and scraping, those going into work had to do a little extra work before getting there.

“I really didn't think it was going to such a big deal, but it’s taken me about 30 minutes to get this windshield done,” said one city resident.

“I don't think people were prepared because in the last two days our sales increased more than the last three weeks,” Jay Ratcliffe said, Operations Manager at Lowe’s.

We caught up customers at Lowe's stocking up on supplies needed to fight the remains of wintry weather..

“Snow shovels, ice melt, rock salt, snow blowers, and even generators,” Ratcliffe said these are just a few target items.

“Wait ‘til the last minute,” one customer said was his tactic to fight weather.

However, Ratcliffe said it’s not too late to sprinkle sand or salt on sidewalks or driveways. “So much of the ice actually melting or I guess beginning to melt, and then freezing up over night. You'll have an ice problem in the morning.”

UVa student, Gordon Sammis said it’s not really a problem. Sammis is used to weather worse than this, being from New Jersey.

“It doesn't snow as much, so I guess it's a bigger deal, because where I’m from it snows all the time, so it's not as big of a deal when it happens,” said Sammis.

Make sure you don't put your scrapper away just yet, as Ratcliffe said as it melts today it could freeze again over night.

Don't forget the city does require you to shovel off your own sidewalk, so if you haven't done go grab that shovel.


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