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Westchester Co. Exec: ‘We’re Ready’ For Snow'; Business Owner Thrilled For Storm

I-87 (New York State Thruway) in Westchester County - Feb. 8, 2013 (credit: Thruway Authority)

I-87 (New York State Thruway) in Westchester County – Feb. 8, 2013 (credit: Thruway Authority)

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ARMONK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Westchester County could well get a foot of snow from Friday’s storm and its communities along the Hudson River could see some flooding as well.

County Executive Rob Astorino checked in with WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack to talk about about his snow-fighting plan.

“Well, unless we have some big heaters blowing all over the place, we’re going to have to sit back and see how, Pat, that we get,” he said. “But, you know, we’re ready. We have had the crews out. They were all set this morning. They were out. They are on split shifts tonight into tomorrow.”

Astorino said they’ll clear the snow as fast as it comes down, or at least as fast as they can.

He said they also have their eyes on possible coastal and Hudson River flooding.

As of this Friday afternoon, Westchester County Airport was open, but all flights had been cancelled.

The buses were running, but that could change, the executive said.

Astorino said that his office is in communication with the electric utilities and no immediate outages had been reported.

“I’m looking outside of the window. It’s blustery, but we got lucky with the timing of the storm in that the buses, school buses were able to get kids home and everyone is, hopefully, safe and sound now in their own. So, we’re just hunkering down,” Astorino said.

Believe it or not, a Westchester County business owner said he is thrilled by the snowstorm.

For Skip Beitzel, snow is like white gold.

“I’m just thanking the good lord for this winter weather,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell. “This is like a light switch going on. It just lights everything up.”

Beitzel owns Hickory & Tweed in Armonk, which markets itself as the “premiere ski and cycle shop serving Westchester and Fairfield counties.”

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“Everything matters. If it’s cold and snowy we sell a lot of gloves and hats, in addition to snowboards, skis, and ski boots,” he said.

Haskell asked for a sense of the ebb and flow of a business like that.

“We flow when it snows and we ebb when it doesn’t,” Beitzel said.

With this storm, he hopes to be flowing.