With a large winter storm moving across the state, residents and city officials are preparing to tackle another heavy snowfall and single-digit temperatures.
The National Weather Service is predicting some parts of the state could see up to 10 inches of snow by Wednesday, and Kliendorfer’s Hardware and Variety Store in Bloomington has been stocking up on supplies.
Sales associate Emily Stone says while many stores are already selling out of shovels and salt, hers is prepared for an onslaught of customers.
“We have everything already in stock we’ve been preparing for it for a week or two now,” Stone says. “And we’re selling ice melt, snow shovels, we do have a lot of sleds for the kids afterwards, so we’re just ready for it and waiting for everybody to come in.”
Cities have been spending record amounts of money on road maintenance this year.
But Bloomington Director of Public Works Susie Johnson says the harsh winter hasn’t depleted the city’s resources.
“Well we have all of our trucks that have been through our fleet maintenance division to make sure that everything is up and running and in good operating order,” Johnson says. “We have plenty of salt on hand and here shortly this afternoon we’ll begin some pre-treating in advance of the storm.”
With this winter storm rapidly approaching, Johnson encourages residents to remain in their homes and allow city workers to clear the roads.