New Englanders make last-minute preps for winter weather

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — As Old Man Winter prepares to deliver a double whammy of snowy weather, folks across Southern New England are making sure they’re prepared, too.

In Providence, Home Depot is the place to be. The hot commodities–salt and shovels.

“We’ve actually cycled through several displays of rock salt and shovels and snow throwers, and we’ll be ready for tomorrow,” said Home Depot assistant manager Errol Ruginski.

The storm has already led to plenty of cancellations–from Saturday classes at area colleges, to the girls high school basketball division championships, which have been postponed to Sunday.

“Safety first. when you’re talking about the kids getting to their schools and the schools have to be plowed out for the buses, sometimes logistically it just doesn’t make sense,” said Mike Lunney, assistant executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.

Also, all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island are more than ready to treat and plow the roads. Plows and plenty of sand were waiting in the wings at the DOT garage in East Providence.

At the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Providence, a fundraiser in memory of Officer Johnny Reposa is still on for Saturday. With a band and DJ booked, postponing just wasn’t an option.

“I said well it’s like a wedding. If you’re planning a wedding it’s on no matter what, and you hope that as many people will come that can,” said Officer Reposa’s sister Lorana Reposa Demedeiros, who organized the fundraiser.

Back at Home Depot, some are welcoming the snow.

“I would keep this weather for the rest of the season. we could go right up until July. I don’t care,” said Eddie Del Greco, who is a private plow driver.

“Just got to hang in there, spring is around the corner. Before we know it, we’ll be out on the beach relaxing in the sun, enjoying that weather,” said Spiros Stratis.