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Overnight Snow a Challenge for Plow Trucks

snwo stormCHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Forecasters weren’t kidding when they said driving would be next to impossible Friday night.

Heavy snowfall arrived around 10 p.m. and didn’t let up for hours.

“About an hour and a half ago it was bad, you couldn’t see, couldn’t keep the windshield clear — trying to push the snow to one side just wasn’t working — the truck just wasn’t big enough,” says Glen Sisson, a plow truck driver from Chicopee.

It was an exhausting night for the fleet of plow trucks tasked with cleaning up Western Mass.

“The wind made it almost impossible to see,” says Sisson. “I was doing about 10 miles per hour and just couldn’t see and it was just trying to do the best we could.”

Without mother nature on their side, most plow drivers were thankful they didn’t have to share the road with many other drivers. Predictions for epic accumulation panned out and last night it seemed like a lot of people realized it was best to just stay off the road.

“I looked out the window, I thought, ‘Oh, you know the media playing up the hype of a storm again,'” says Eric Cunningham of Chicopee. “Then, when I got out here I was like, ‘Holy crap!’ It’s very deep and cold and windy.”

“People stuck all over the place, now that the city plows are back out on the main roads, people are getting stuck going out onto their side streets,” says Sisson.

Sisson adds, “We haven’t even managed to get through a whole first pass of our route yet, so it’s tough — it’s heavier than it looks and when the snow’s coming up over the plow, and even with this size truck, they’re having a hard time pushing it.”

Plow truck drivers say it’s been a struggle just to keep the main roads clear, so it could be a while before they start getting the snow off the side roads.


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