CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - Snow is in the forecast this week, which means Mark Wegner probably won't be getting much sleep.
As the highway superintendent for the Town of Cheektowaga, Wegner plans to start watching the radar around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. He'll stay in constant contact with the police department, and each hour on the dot, he'll wake up to check the conditions on the roads.
It's a grind, sure.
But he's used to it.
"It's Buffalo," he said with a laugh. "We're looking to get out there. We have our 25 trucks ready to go and our guys are anxious to start."
The Town of Cheektowaga's crews are responsible for more than 400 miles of roadway, which includes a small portion of county roads. They won't pre-salt on Tuesday night because of the warmer temperatures the past couple of days.
But when they do lay down salt, they'll have plenty of it. Since last year was such a mild winter, the town has about 2,000 tons of leftover salt in supply.
Meanwhile, in Buffalo, the city purchased five new plows and has more than 100 pieces of equipment in stock now.
"It always helps," Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak said. "We strategize each year in how we can get better."
And in Buffalo, they certainly get a lot of practice.