OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — A brand new front loader is being put to good use as public works crews prepare for what could be the first wintry mix of the season.
The plows are now installed on the front of the trucks in Old Saybrook and sanders are on the back. Workers now wait to find out just what will fall along the shoreline. Will it be more rain or sleet?
At Wilson’s Leather at the Tanger Outlets in Westbrook workers say any of their jackets can be foul weather gear.
“Of course,” says sales clerk Melanie Brodeur. “As long as you properly take care of your leather jacket you’ll be absolutely fine in any weather condition.”
Wilson’s is seeing a boost in business and it’s more than just the after Christmas sales bringing in customers.
“Definitely today I’ve noticed since the weather has turned to get a little bit colder more people coming in to get those leather jackets or the puffy down jackets before the snow hits,” says Brodeur.
“Just walking outside it’s a little more than we’re used to,” says customer Ann McMahon who comments on the colder weather. “We’re used to the fifties and the sixties and it’s forty I think out there today.”
McMahon is in search of some warm leather gloves. Inspired by the new chill in the air.
“Probably look for a hat too while I’m here or a nice scarf,” adds McMahon.
If and when towns need it – there is plenty of street salt available. Thousands of tons are being off loaded at New London’s State Pier.
Fortunately there are no classes to cancel for towns during this winter break but there are morning commutes that could be a concern.
“I don’t mind the cold,” says McMahon. “I don’t like the sleet. I don’t like the sleet and the rain.”
Residents can also help plow drivers by heeding any parking bans which may be in effect.
In Norwich if there is a parking ban folks cannot park on the odd side of any street.
So it’s a good idea to check with your town.