Attention, snowmen: You're going to melt this week

News-DemocratDecember 14, 2013 

As metro-east residents dug out from a few inches of snow on Saturday, the National Weather Service predicted a high temperature on Sunday of 29, followed by a work week warm-up.

The temperatures are expected to reach 40 on Monday. The forecast for Thursday includes partly sunny skies and a high temperature of 50 degrees.

The wet snow provided great material to make snowballs and snowmen.

It also gave Belleville Fire Department Capt. Chuck Grider a chance to breakout his snowblower.

After his 24-hour shift as a firefighter, Grider went back to work Saturday, snowblowing five of his neighbor's driveways.

Some of his neighbors need help because of health issues. Grider said he doesn't mind.

"I paid a $500 for this snowblower a couple of years ago. Snowblowers don't get a lot of mileage on their motors," Grider said.

After finishing the neighbors' driveways, he cleared his daughter's driveway and his mother's driveway.

Next May, Grider will have spent 30 years on the Belleville Fire Department, so he said he is used to long hours.

"They call me 'Lucky Chucky' because I just do it," Grider said. "It's like having a baby. I sleep when I am tired, eat when I am hungry."


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