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Where does the snow go? Snow removal plans for two Western Mass. communities

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On Thursday, Main Street in Northampton was free of white.

However, streets like this won't stay this way for long, as CBS 3 meteorologists Nick Morganelli and Mike Skurko are calling for well over a foot of snow in the Pioneer Valley.

Not only were Northampton DPW crews and mechanics working hard to fix and prepare machines for tomorrow's storm, but they have also devised a plan to get snow off the roads.

"The snow that is plowed off the streets goes on the edges of the road, and that's basically where the snow goes on most of the streets… on Main Street in Northampton, the snow is pushed into the middle," said Richard Parasiliti, highway superintendent for Northampton's Department of Public Works.

However, these are just short-term plans to make the roads passable for drivers. The city also has long-range snow removal plans in days following the storm.

"So then we go back about four nights later and do snow removal with a large snowblower and about 20 trucks, and we haul it to a spot on King Street," said Parasiliti.

Parasiliti told CBS 3 that the spot they dump the snow on King Street used to be an auto dealership.

However, not every community in the Pioneer Valley has that luxury. 

"Right now we don't do anything with the snow. We just push it to the curb as much as we can and open up the roads," said Leonard Choiniere.

Although the Springfield DPW continues to plow main streets and back roads throughout the city, DPW officials said they don't pick up the snow and remove it like Northampton does.  

Choiniere said the does not have a place to put it, among several other reasons.  

"We don't have enough people. We don't have enough machinery," Choiniere said.  

It isn't just the number of machines that the city is lacking, Choiniere said the DPW is concerned that their current snow removal machines won't be able to hold up through the storm.

"We're hoping that the equipment doesn't fail… we're hoping that they stand up to the workload. That's our main concern… the vehicles," Choiniere said.

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