Cleaning up after Mother Nature's latest dose of winter

Jamie Heap
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Freezing raining expected to begin early Monday morning before changing over to rain late in the morning

AMHERST-Hours before the Amherst Ramblers hosted to the visiting Valley Wildcats in their first home game of 2014 at Amherst Stadium Saturday night, snow plow operators were working frantically trying to clear the parking lot.

“I came in at 7:00 am and they were out there plowing then,” stated Town of Amherst employee Chris Comeau. “They have to plow the parking lot out for tonight’s game. They plowed out front, along the side and now out back.”

“They’re trying to find a place to put the snow,” said Steve Gibson of Steve Gibson’s Contracting. “The guys have been plowing for hours. They’ve been trying to push the snow banks bank, but there’s nowhere to put it.”

While Gibson’s snow plow operators were able to plow away enough parking for Saturday night’s Ramblers game, his crew has been very busy so far this winter.

“It’s been an old-fashioned winter,” said Gibson. “They’ve been plowing out by Kent, Superstore and Walmart. It’s not the snow so much, but the freezing rain.”

Speaking of which, Environment Canada is forecasting freezing rain beginning early in the morning on Monday before changing to over to rain late in the morning (five to ten millimetres)  as the mercury rises to a forecasted high of 11 degrees.

After dipping back to zero degrees Monday night, the possibility of the mercury rising above the freezing point again is Saturday. A high of plus two is forecasted.


Organizations: Walmart, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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