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Vt. braces for 1st big storm of the season

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

It is amazing what a storm forecast can do for business.

"Business today has been brisk; a lot of people preparing for the storm," said Adam Porter of the Small Engine Company in Colchester.

Six large snowblowers were sold at Small Engine before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

"There were a lot of people this morning who are professionals looking for with a storm of this magnitude and the snow being a little heavier, a little wetter, buying big units, professional series units, as well as a mix of homeowner units as well," Porter said.

Randy Miller bought one to use at his company.

"You know they can't plow up close to the steps and stuff like that. And I have a lot of employees; it's nice to have a snowblower around," Miller said.

"A lot of preparation for the trucks, that's their big thing," said Randy Reed of VTrans.

The state spent the day getting ready for the storm, as well. There are about 550 drivers and maintenance workers across the state prepping the trucks.

"So, preparing our trucks, making sure they are full before tonight because it's going to start around 7 o'clock or later. Guys resting up and ready to go," Reed said.

In fact, trucks headed out just after noon Wednesday to put brine down on the roads. It's called getting under the storm. And it appears customers at Bibens Ace Hardware were doing the same thing.

"We are seeing some movement as far as midday here in regards to our ice melt and we are anticipating that we are going to be here until 7 this evening. We are anticipating we will be seeing the shovels start flying and believe it or not, over the last few days we have seen a lot of gloves being sold," said Roland Ostrout of Bibens Ace Hardware.

Ostrout says hopefully with all the preparation, people will stay safe during this first big storm of the season.

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