Best time to snow?

cutntrim - Veteran
No snowfall until all fall cleanups are done and we've had a couple weeks to rest. Every snowfall to be 4" of light and fluffy and be done by 12:00am.

I hate plowing while it's still snowing and then having the lot re-covered right after you've just plowed it. Actually, I'd rather have salt events than snow, more profit, less work.

GeoffD Veteran
Start after 7 pm, end around 12:00 am. Gives you 7 to 8 hours to clean stuff up.

Worst, starts around 2 am, with 4" on the ground at 6, and still snowing hard, with another 4 hours of snow on the way.


GeoffD Veteran
Open up, rough plow, salt heavy. Work the laneways till the snow stops. Do the lots we can do during the day. Do the residentials when the storm is done. Then at night when places start to close, start cleaning them up.

We keep the sidewalk crews on the commercials till the storm is done. Do they clear the walks 100% no, but 75% of them is cleared. When the storm stops they clean the walks and treat them 100%

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i agree whole heartedly with geoff any time you have an open window from early evening on to push snow and seemingly have all the time you need it is a blessing and treat.........i am lucky if we get these times a couple times a season


Senior Member
I would agree with the done by midnight. But what about a light snow all day long? lots of sanding is nice.

Somerville MA.
If I got to choose the day and time of a snowfall it would have to be on a Sunday after 3 PM ending at about 11 PM. Most commercials and restaruants are closed so it gives you plenty of time to get finished before daybreak.

Geoff does describe the"nightmare" correctly, weekday during rush hour.

GeoffD Veteran
When you get a weekday morning storm like that, you can through your list right out the window. You list will start with the places that open up first, when doing the rough plow, and end with the ones that open last.

When doing your final clean up, start with the ones that close first, end with the ones that close last.



2000 Club Member
When I am all done with my exterior construction projects. HAHA
I would say Fri night when all my commercials will be closed for the weekend. That gives me 48hrs + to get everything done.

75 Addict
For me? Since I have a full-time job Mon/Fri I will be working as a sub this season, so it's best if it snows all Friday night so I can plow on the weekend and make $$$! :D


Western CT
Anytime between now and May is fine with me. I will plow night, day, during the week or the weekend. Yes plowing is easier at night. Of course if something breaks even if you have parts you are out fixing it in the dark and usually colder. During the day there is traffic but often visibilty is better. Snow has to be removed that is what we are paid for. We do our job no matter what time it is.