Winter Weather Items are Flying Out the Door as Snow Season Begins

Local Businesses along with St. Louis County Workers Prepare for Winter Weather

As the first flakes begin to fly on the Iron Range this season, shovels are being scooped off the shelves by locals.

Hibbing L&M Fleet Supply Manager Jeff Lindsay tells FOX 21 News, preparations began for the winter season back in August.

Inventory is fully stocked, but Lindsay says it’s going quickly as folks rush in to grab last minute supplies.

The store opened Friday morning at 7:30a.m., welcoming a pretty large line of eager customers.

“So far the store has been really busy, we have a lot of folks coming in, buying their winter supplies, getting ready for the snowstorm ahead,” said Lindsay.

Snowblowers are lining the entrance to the store.

“We’re pretty well stocked, you know we plan for this, this is kind of what we do, we were well supplied well ahead of the season and ready for this and are expecting to make sure we’re in stock every day,” said Lindsay.

L&M Fleet Supply will be open at 7:30a.m. Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, stores and local businesses aren’t the only ones who are prepared for the seasons first snow.

St. Louis County plow drivers were called in bright and early Friday morning to work on prepping roadways before precipitation started to freeze.

The St. Louis County garage in Hibbing typically sends out seven drivers at a time during a storm with this magnitude.

Senior Operator Steve Schmalz says a few workers were called in from their day off, and came in to help those having to travel, get to their destinations more safely.

“First thing we start off this morning, we go and hit the blacktop, so we kind of concentrate on them until the afternoon and then we’ll hit the dirt’s, because safety first. People drive faster on the blacktop than they do on the dirt roads,” said Schmalz.

He says his crew will continue to salt and sand their zone throughout the evening, until safety is secure.

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