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Berrien County residents ready for big snow

January 01, 2010|By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com)
  • Berrien County residents ready for big snow
Berrien County residents ready for big snow

BERRIEN COUNTY — Mother Nature has already dumped several inches of snow on the area, and people aren't waiting to get a head start on moving the snow. By noon today, several inches were already on the ground in Niles. Residents in Berrien County are used to snow. This is nothing new. In fact, most of them look forward to weather like this. Scraping, shoveling, and snow blowing - this is not a routine for people in Berrien County. Brian Anderson of Niles has lived in Michigan for 49 years. “This is minor compared to what it used to be,” Anderson said. Tyree Modee has lived in Michigan for 52 years. “I've seen a lot more than that over the years,” Modee said. By noon Friday, most people in Niles were moving snow. While the majority of white stuff hasn’t even hit the ground yet, residents here know the more you shovel now, the less you shovel later. “Just keep up with it as you go along. Right now I am about to go to work. So I'm doing it now and eight hours from now, I'll be doing it again,” Jeff Jonas of Niles said. Jonas has his dogs to keep him and his neighbor company as they shovel their way down the driveway. While most people in Berrien County are snow pros, no one is taking any chances. Harding’s, the local grocery store in Niles, is seeing business double every hour as customers load up on the essentials — bread and milk. When the snow comes down, the customers come in. “Really busy,” Jack Johnson of Harding’s market said. “I expect the snow to bring a lot of customers into the store throughout the day and into the night.” “I'm preparing so I don't have to come back out,” Charles Scott, a shopper at Harding’s said. Even as the snow continues to pile up, residents say this is nothing they haven’t seen before. Managers at Harding’s say even though people in Berrien County are used to this type of weather, the store will sell completely out of salt, window scrapers and shovels by the end of the day.

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