MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (02/11/2019) - The weather taking aim at Mid-Michigan has people getting ready for yet another shot of snow and ice.
In the Great Lakes Bay Region, many people have had enough of winter. But for those whose livelihoods depend on keeping parking lots and driveways cleared, they're getting ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work this week.
Fifty tons of salt delivered on Saturday came not a moment too soon for Thomas Roy with Ultimate Lawn Pros.
"When we get an inch of snow we'll start calling people in and getting the troops ready and the trucks ready and the salt ready," Roy said.
Monday night, he'll be sleeping with one eye open, waiting to make the call to get his 12 plow trucks on the road during the overnight hours.
"At the very beginning of the season I call it white gold. Then I call it a real pain," he said.
While Roy's thankful he's able to keep his crews busy, the number of recent storms present challenges of their own.
"A lot of people lack sleep and then we don't have time between breakdowns," he said. "If there's a break down, you gotta maintain your equipment, gotta make sure they're running properly."
Since not all of their work is done at night, Roy said there are things drivers can do to help them finish the job safely during the daylight hours.
"Be alert and my drivers are alert. They have the mirrors and things like that and the lights, they're usually alert," Roy said. "But sometimes a car will sneak right in there and it's like bad news."