HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Greater Hartford area has had nine snow events since October, each dropping more than one inch of snow. This month, they feel never-ending. But that’s not always a bad thing. Another storm this February, but for some, it’s actually a welcomed event.
“All my friends laugh at me because I’m looking for devastation all the time,” said Joe Scarpantonio, owner, True Value in Wethersfield.
For some, it’s getting weary. Don’t ask Katherine Jamieson if she can see anything positive coming from our series of recent, winter snowstorms.
“Oh, I’m so sick of it!” Jamieson said.
“They tend to wear on you. Makes you look forward to spring that’s for sure,” said Todd Johnson, of Manchester.
For some in Connecticut, the storms are bringing a flurry of business activity that’s helping some Connecticut workers. Flakes started falling across Greater Hartford after 4 a.m. Thursday. The state DOT pre-treated roads adding concern about the duration of the event. Snow will be stopping and starting well into Friday. And each time Connecticut gets slammed with winter weather, it’s good news for hardware shops like True Value in Wethersfield.
“People have been buying ice melt and shovels. Sleds have been going like crazy,” said Scarpantonio. “I have tons and tons of everything. Ice melt, shovels.”
When News 8 asked Cody Palmer what’s the best part of this very active winter, his reply was simple and short.
“Money,” he said. “Definitely a relief to me, job security.”
Cody is one of 300 employees who works for a private contractor called All State Landscape. The company is based in Fairfield, but it has drivers and workers all over Connecticut. They do landscaping business in the summer. When the snow hits, they hit the road in their army of trucks clearing parking lots at retail areas, apartments and condos all over Connecticut.
To them, this active winter season is a sight for sore eyes after coping with the pandemic and a very inactive winter season last year, which drove down profits.
But, in recent weeks, Cody said he and his peers have been working around the clock thanks to all of our recent snow. And that’s also very good news for his boss.
“Because we’re out working,” said Peter Niro, owner of All State Landscape. “We’re gonna be working a couple of days.”
Cody is anticipating some overtime. So are plow truck drivers for various cities and towns like those who work for the Department of Public Works in Waterbury.
Guys like Mike Dimeco are on the road again.
“Definitely helps pay the bills for me since I’m like everybody else — struggling right now,” he said.
“This is the first New England weather we’ve had in a while so I kind of like it,” said Kenneth Lacus, Wethersfield.
Hardware shops aren’t the only places getting slammed.
“If you have bad tires, you’re going to slide,” said John Bouchard, Manager, Star Tires Plus Wheels, Hartford.
Back to back storms reaping blessings at Star Tires Plus Wheels in Hartford.
“It’s been very busy. Absolutely,” said Bouchard.