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Bluefield snow plowers prepare for a long night

Jamie Umberger, a snow plow operator based in Princeton, W.Va., speaks on the night of snow...
Jamie Umberger, a snow plow operator based in Princeton, W.Va., speaks on the night of snow ahead.(WVVA)
Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 10:01 AM EST
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - As many West Virginians prepare for a night indoors and off the roads, Jamie Umberger has different plans for Sunday night.

Umberger, who’s operated Cutting Edge Lawn Care in Princeton for more than 20 years, says he doesn’t listen much to snowfall predictions. Instead, he prepares for a long night regardless of the amount forecast.

“It just depends on Mother Nature. [If] she’s done by about three, four o’clock in the morning we’ll have everybody taken care of,” said Umberger. “Mother Nature snows during the day, then it’s non-stop round and round we go.”

His customers want their driveways snow-less by the morning, and while Umberger plans to hit the road at around one in the morning to begin work, he says it’s all up to chance at this point.

“Depending on what the snow is, we’re going to be out for ten hours, or we’re going to be out for days on end.”

With two decades of snow plowing under his belt, Umberger understands that nature can be unpredictable. It’s that fact that’s kept him wary as he prepares for the first snowfall of 2022.

“One time it’s three to five [inches], next time it’s five to eight, then back to one to three,” said Umberger. “We’ll see. We’ll get what we get.”

Southeast W.Va. will be under a winter storm warning until noon on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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