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Western Massachusetts communities prepare for winter storm

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Crews in Springfield were making final preparations Friday, ahead of a forecasted weekend winter weather storm.

Department of Public Works director Allan R. Chwalek said there were 170 trucks signed up to work over the weekend. Twenty of those trucks belong to the city, the rest were private contractors.

Chwalek said the city did not treat a weekend storm any different from any other storm. He said the timing of the storm would work in their favor because traffic should be light.

He urged residents to pay attention to and follow parking bans so plows could do an effective job of getting snow off the streets. He also asked for patience from residents. He said there were 2,000 streets in the city and it takes at least 8 hours after a storm is over to clear that much asphalt.

He said drivers may work as long as 16 continuous hours or more during a long duration storm.

Several communities already posted parking bans Friday afternoon.

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