Home Depot – Tri-state area prepares for potential 1st snowstorm of 2021
ELMONT, L.I. — As Long Island, like the rest of the tri-state area, prepares for what could be the first snowstorm of 2021, places like Home Depot in Elmont are bustling with people buying shovels and rock salt.
The past few days have been brutally cold and the forecast is calling for a major snowstorm.
“We haven’t had a big one a long time, so we’re due,” said Mildred Brock, who was shopping for some rock salt just in case we get a big storm. “I don’t want to be slipping and sliding in my own yard.”
Nassau County doesn’t want you to be slipping and sliding on the roads. The county has 21,400 tons of salt ready to roll.
County Executive Laura Curran said they’re hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
“We’re expecting blizzard-like conditions with wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour.”
While people are preparing for a big storm, the brutal cold is taking its toll. When temps struggle to get out of the 20s, the best advice is to say indoors. But that’s not an option for everyone.
Jose, working a 10-hour shift at an Elmont car wash, showed us his pink hands and told PIX11 News he was freezing.
The rock salt spread on the pavement was barely keeping up with the icy temps Saturday afternoon.
Hector Nerys, a loyal customer, is grateful for the work the guys do at the car wash.
“I come here three or four times a month. They get my tips, they earn it,” he said.
Meanwhile, considering it’s being built for a game played on ice, perhaps it makes sense that despite the cold, union workers need to stay on schedule building UBS Arena, the new home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.
The brutal cold does not stop the work that needs to get done on time.
“This morning was brutal. It starts warming up when the sun comes up, it’s rough,” said Bobby Alfani, who had to layer up before work. “We have the Cartwright overalls on, I have sweatpants on under them, two sweat shirts and a jacket.”
The worst of the snow storm is expected Monday into Tuesday. PSE&G says they will have extra crews ready to restore power if high winds and heavy snow bring down power lines.