DELMAR, N.Y. - The day began early for Advantage Tree Service as they got their snow plows out at around 2 a.m. Thursday.
"Everybody thinks it's real early. It's got to be miserable, but it's good because there's no cars, no traffic getting in your way. So you can actually get more done at that hour. It's the perfect time for a storm to hit," said Matthias Keib of Advantage Tree Service LLC.
The non-stop snowfall meant constant movement for these guys - but it's a welcome change from last year's bare winter.
"We plowed snow last year once, so this year is a little different. We already beat the snow fall total this year than we did last year," said Keib.
For the DOT, the previous easy winter hasn't left them rusty.
They've got about 1200 plow operators out - 200 in the capital district alone.
"We have been in readiness mode for hours in advance of storm, have people working in emergency operations center 24/7 to monitor conditions," said Jennifer Post of the NYSDOT.
NEWS10 noticed people all over were taking advantage of the first significant snowfall in quite a while - some getting their snowshoes out to enjoy the day.
For Bill Maddock - it was a bit more of an unexpected chore.
Last year he bought his first snow blower, but was out shoveling like he always does.
"Came out this morning, wasn't afraid of it. Sat there, waited until it lightened up, started the snow blower and it died," said Maddock.