Winter Weather Clean-Up

By Mallory Lane

Published 11/24 2013 03:54PM

Updated 11/24 2013 04:08PM

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - It's beginning to look a lot like winter, as the first snowfall of the season coats many areas in our region.

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, you're halfway there.

"I'd say we have a good two inches," Doug Madden said.

Some are ready to make it stop.

"Once we clear this, I think it's going to refreeze overnight," Madden said.

Others say, let it snow.

"I like it until after Christmas and then it can go bye-bye," Bill Kauffman, of Hollidaysburg, said.

"It's pretty, it's beautiful," Todd Kelly, of Altoona, said. "It's part of the change of seasons."

Vinnie is enjoying the change.

"Putting jackets and sweaters on dogs isn't just to be cute," Lisa Bahr, Director of Operations at Centre County Paws, said. "It actually helps keep them comfortable inside and out, really."

Bahr says it's important to make sure your pets are safe this winter season.

"I would say a good gauge to use is if it's too cold for you with a coat on, it's probably too cold for your dog as well and too cold for your cat," she said.

Some other things to keep in mind include using pet-friendly salt to lay down on sidewalks or driveways, rather than the normal rock salt. Bahr says regular rock salt can make dogs sick if they lick it off their paws after walking outside.

Speaking of laying salt, this wasn't how Doug Madden, of Doug Madden Pro Services, was expecting to spend his Sunday.

"Last week, we were doing tree work," he said. "All the trucks were set up for tree work and my plows were buried deep in the shop. It caught me by surprise, I was not prepared, but we're out here now."

Madden has been working since 5:00 Sunday morning to clear the roads in Blair County, and probably won't be stopping any time soon.

"I think it's going to be constant here this afternoon," he said. "The sun was out for a little bit, but like I said, I think the issue now is going to be the refreezing and getting cleaned up for the businesses Monday morning."

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