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Lessons learned from winter storm 2017 ahead of expected snowfall

(WBNG) — Many in the Southern Tier remember the winter storm of March 2017. It brought anywhere from two to three feet of snow. Now, ahead of another major snow storm, 12 News caught up with local leaders to see what lessons the previous snow storm taught them.

“We purchased more snow vehicles, new equipment, we’ve begun equipping garbage trucks, we have one garbage truck that has a plow on it,” said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

Storm Track 12  Chief Meteorologist Howard Manges says the winter storm in March 2017 had snowfall rates of two to four inches per hour over a 16 to 18 hour long period of time. The snow storm expected to hit this weekend is predicted to bring snowfall rates of one to three inches of snow per hours over the course of eight to 12 hours.

Michael Ponticiello, the director of Broome County Emergency Services, says from all snow storms, the department has gotten better at understanding how they are able to handle the snow.

“We continue to refine every time we do a snow storm is what are our different thresholds, what can the public works departments keep up with as far as snow fall rates and quantities,” he said.

He went on to say that snow is more difficult to manage when it starts to fall more than two inches an hour. Although, he reminds the public to be patient as crews work to clear the roads.

Meanwhile, others say there isn’t a need to change strategies.

“We’re doing things no different than we have before other than we’re making sure our guys are ready, the salt is ready, the plows are ready and off we go,” said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie.

Jackie Prager

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