New England officials and residents brace for big snowstorm

BOSTON (WHDH) - State officials and residents are preparing for a big snowstorm that is expected to bring more than a foot of snow to some parts of the region on Thursday.

As trucks loaded up at the Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea to treat city roads, homeowners went to Home Depot to get shovels and salt for sidewalks. About 4,000 trucks will be out across Massachusetts starting early Thursday to get salt and sand on the roads. Six hundred of the trucks will be in Boston.

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While some have enjoyed the relatively mild winter, others are looking forward to snow, especially plow drivers and those who rely on snow for business.

“We haven’t had that much the whole winter just about, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow, catch up,” said a plow driver.

Many cities have already declared snow emergencies ahead of Thursday’s storm. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh encouraged people to dress in layers if they are heading out and stay off the roads unless they absolutely have to. Public transit is also being encouraged to keep drivers off the roads.

Boston Public Schools will be closed Thursday and other school districts and colleges have canceled classes.

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