FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Anthony Dorman, owner of Dorman's Tree Cutting & Snow Plowing in Danbury, has his trucks all ready and waiting to go in preparation for Thursday's expected huge snowstorm.
"I have six trucks with plows and salters. They will be ready by 10 p.m.," Dorman said. “I have 65 accounts throughout Fairfield County to go to. I have 20 yards of salt to put down, which is typical for a good storm."
The 24-year-old business serves all of Fairfield County.
“I’ll be out the whole night until tomorrow morning. Each truck reaches 10 to 12 residential homes," Dorman added. He recalled the biggest snowstorm he ever worked. "It was in 1998. We had two feet of snow. I was plowing for three days straight."
Aside from getting plowed out, Fairfield County residents are making sure they have enough food in their homes for a day that most are likely to spend inside.
Joe Petrone, deli manager at the New Fairfield Shopping Center on Brush Hill Road, said he has stocked up supplies of milk, eggs and cold cuts for the storm, "in case people lose power."
“A lot of people buy raw meat and will cook it tonight. If they lose power and have a generator, they can heat it up in the microwave,” Petrone said.
For the storm, the grocery has a few extra cases of bread, an extra 10 to 15 gallons of water, and two extra cases of eggs, according to Petrone. It also has a backup supply of flashlights, batteries, firewood and lighters.
Petrone said he is expecting to see a gradual increase of customers into the evening before the storm hits.
“It will really pick up in here around 6:30, when people are on their way home from work," he said.
Patrone’s father, Johnny Patrone, is owner of the grocery. His grandfather, Frank, started the business in 1969.
“I am next in line,” said Joe Patrone, who is 25.
Patrone added that this storm is likely to be one of the larger storms of the season, and that people will probably take it seriously.
"There is a foot of snow in the forecast. This is very unheard of in the area."