Tom Leonard (right) helps a customer look at snow shovels at Tractor Supply in Greenfield. Heavy snow is expected to move into central Indiana this evening. As much as 10 inches is expected. ''I'd say get your shovels ready,'' a meteorologist said. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Tara Stott (right) and her daughter, Claudia Sanders, lug a space heater to their car from Tractor Supply in Greenfield. With an approaching weather front packing heavy snow and dangerously cold temperatures, people are bracing for harsh conditions. Stott and Sanders ventured out on Friday to pick up another heating source for their home. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Jordan Caldwell’s first reaction when he hears a forecast of snow mixed with sub-zero temperatures? Get ready.
An operations manager with CGS Services, Caldwell is in charge of not only making sure the company’s fleet of waste removal vehicles is prepared for the weather but ensuring employees are bundled up to bear the bitter cold.
With a severe winter storm expected to roll in late tonight, bringing with it up to 10 inches of snow followed by bone-chilling temperatures into Monday morning, public safety officials are asking county residents to stay inside.
But for those who make their living working outdoors, that’s just not an option.
Caldwell will be logging hours throughout the weekend to prepare CGS Services’ vehicles, and then he’ll brace for the chill as he joins his fellow workers for trash pickup starting Monday morning, when the temperature could be 15 below zero.
But Caldwell insists it’s not as bad as it sounds.
For those accustomed to working outdoors, the coming week will be business as usual, he said.
“Overall, most of these guys in the trash trucks, they’re moving so much and have sweat going that it’s not even a factor for them,” Caldwell said. “When you’re out there in that kind of weather, you’re out there for a reason: to get something done. And that’s all you’re thinking about doing.”
But many county officials say the weekend weather will make their jobs significantly harder.