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Finding snow totals

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by clncut, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. clncut

    clncut PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,121

    Does anyone have any good web sites to go to to find out total snow amounts after a storm?
  2. butters

    butters Member
    Messages: 79

    Try this site and check out the Cooperative Observer Data section. This is from the NWS. Looks like you are about to get some snow!
  3. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,815

    did you try noaa weather site
  4. clncut

    clncut PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,121

    Thanks for the advice. I was thinking of using one of these local sites for snow total for billing but after reading many threads that idea sounds bad due to snow totals differentiating between residences. I guess I will just measure everytime Im there.

    I currently use the per push method to price but was thinking with big storms customers may complain about plowing with the storm and not just one push for the total storm. I thought maybe the per inch pricing may be better as they are billed for the amount of snow accumilated in a 24 hr period and they can not complain for however many visits the job may take.

    It does state in my contract that multiple visits may be needed during an active storm to keep the surface clear of snow. But we all know how people are never satisfied and will complain about anything these days.

    What do most of you guys do for situations when large snow amounts are forecasted. I figured start plowing at my trigger (2") unless its in the middle of the night then I may let it go a little longer, and then plow in the morning to clear the snow for the customer to leave for wherever and then as needed depending on snow totals?

    Could use some advise here guys. Thanks
  5. ppandr

    ppandr Senior Member
    Messages: 619


    I do residentials when snow is almost stopped unless it's real heavy or it's snowing during the evening rush. Have pushed 12-18" in single passes before. As far as commercials, we do a Marriot and a large Mall, in which I personly start when there is enough to plow and if there is traffic.
  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    If you go to sight, put in your zip code so you can bring up your areas page.
    Scroll down during snow storms, totals should be there.