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Litchfield Department of Public Works employees started their shift four hours earlier than normal Wednesday in preparation for a possible large snowstorm on Friday.
Workers were in at 3 a.m. to clean, grease and prepare their equipment, such as plows and trucks, for the snow. Each truck was inspected and in good working condition.
"We're ready for this," said Litchfield Department of Public Works Director Jack Healy.
DPW officials brought in some extra equipment such as wing trucks in anticipation of the size of the storm.
The town's bin was filled with 250 tons of salt, according to Healy.
DPW truck drivers are responsible for clearing 120 miles of roads in town. They say they won't pre-treat until late Thursday night or early Friday.
"If we pre-treat too soon, the cars will go along and blow the salt off the road," Healy said. "So probably won't treat 'til end of shift tomorrow or Friday morning."
At the True Value store in town, the shelves were stocked with shovels, salt, roof rakes, radiators and snowblowers.
"I'd like to clean out some of my inventory for some cash like everyone else this year," said hardware store owner Roger Mahieu.
Mahieu said the state got hit early with a snowstorm, which caused him to bring in more inventory
"But, since then it hasn't snow and now we're ready," he said.
The owner of Margo's Hair Design said she's already re-scheduled more than a half-dozen upcoming appointments.
"It just makes it a little bit more complicated for our scheduling," said owner Margaret Czerna. "We have to call clients and make them aware of changing their appointments."
Czerna said she would prefer it not to snow "because it's mostly inconvenience."
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