Plows struggle to keep up with snowfall in Worcester

Posted: 02/08/13 at 3:20 pm EST      Last Updated: 02/08/13 at 10:51 pm EST

WORCESTER, Mass. -- The snow is quickly accumulating in Worcester and it looks like the area will get the projected two feet of snow.

Crews are having a tough time keeping the roads clean due to heavy snowfall and wind blowing the snow onto the roads.

People are urged to stay away from the streets and a driving ban went into effect 4 p.m. for the state. The Worcester area has 400 pieces of equipment salting and sanding the roads throughout the storm. They started Friday morning with pre-treatment and will continue throughout the storm.

Chad Harrison is one of those essential personnel given the okay to keep driving. He's a National Guardsman who was scheduled for drills this weekend but has now been deployed because of the storm.

“Oh, absolutely [I’m looking forward to being helpful during the storm] I’ll volunteer every time I can, like during the other storms and stuff like that,” said Harrison.

Bob Rosen was heading home to Lake Placid Friday and said he left Boston as soon as he could.

“I had a doctor’s appointment this morning so we had to wait ‘til that was over. We’ll get a room if it gets bad,” Rosen said.

While driving conditions clearly went downhill fast, walking was still manageable in Worcester Friday afternoon.

Epi Lanzo was willing to make one last trip out for his three and five year olds.

“It’s cold out here, we need to get home,” Lanzo said. “We came for last-minute shopping.”

Roads and sidewalks will soon be covered with snow and foot travel will also be difficult.

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