Jan Gautam was organizing his snow-plowing crews overnight in the way that an elite coach preps a team for a championship game.
“This is what we work for and what we train for during the summers,” Mr. Gautam, who manages a snow-plowing business based in Manhattan, said by phone from his warehouse in Queens, midway through an all-nighter.
New York City was bracing early Tuesday for what could be its heaviest snowfall in over two years. Crews from Mr. Gautam’s company, Novus Maintenance, would start reporting for work at 3 a.m., he said.
The crews operate 10 vehicles and assorted snow-removal equipment. Trucks work best for the relatively wide boulevards of Brooklyn and Queens; sidewalk machines are better suited to Manhattan’s urban canyons.