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Took a look at the farmers almanac,(I really don't rely on it) and they said a big snowstorm for the end of november for us in the northeast. I ususally like to be ready by Dec 15, but I will miss the boat if they are right. What is the earliest you guys have plowed calander wise.
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Earliest plowing I can recall was Thanksgiving . Although as a kid I seem to recall recall snow on the ground already at T'giving in my area.

As a rule of thumb, I try my darndest to have the trucks ready, the plows ready, shovels, gloves, snowblowers etc, andthe ice melt on hand by Nov. 1st.

It seems early , but I would rather have the plows ready on their dollies to be hooked up, than be painting and repairing the night before a storm

Better safe than sorry!!!!
 

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Two years ago I plowed 2-3 inches November 14. Thanksgiving snow is a real possibility 1 in 3 odds.

If you live in the northeast and are not ready by the second week of November you must be a gambling man.
 

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I remember it snowing about 4-5 inches on Oct 6 1986 I think??? Caused a lot of power outages with leaves still on the trees. I was too young to plow then but I did go out with my neighbor. Most people were unprepared. Of course the snow all melted within 48 hours. Since I remember that I try to have at least one plow & truck ready by early Oct.
 

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I have a new Chevy 2500HD LS reg cab on order... was supposed to be built next week but today I was told not until Nov. 19th... If they don't get it built soon I may have to start looking for another one. I'm getting a fisher V-Plow for it...
 

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I show Nov 13 as my earliest in 1987, that was also the year I plowed only 24 plowable days!, with Dec being the busiest month. Latest I plowed, 1990, Jan 8, with only 20 plowable days, busiest month March!

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Here's a good example of how our markets' are all different. Milligan is mentioning "only" 24 plowable events & our record breaking snow year here was made with 17 plowable events. Usually 4 -8 plowings here :(
 

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Last season I had 33 plowings - some of them were twice the same day, so say about 27 plowable days.

Taking BRL's comparison a little farther, as an example of how the winters themselves can change, I think there were about 40 - 45 plowable events in the previous 3 seasons combined! Around here, last year seems like everyone was saying "What a hard winter this is" ! IMO, it was more just a return to normal after 3 easy ones.
 

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1 truck ready by nov. 1 other ready by 3rd. week of nov. all markers in place 1st week of nov. have had snow here by nov. 25 will have all equip. ready early this year.
 

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Ditto Rob, everybody around here talks about how last winter was harsh. We ended up with 45", our average is 41".
Latley people have been calling me to set up a seasonal payment plan since they think last winter was so bad and when I tell them that last year was just about average they say "are you sure?" Then I tell them what they paid last year is what they would pay in an average year!

Plowed 10 times at all customers, 13 at the hotel and hospital.
 

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Not sure what the total snowfall last year was (I'll keep good records this season and from now on!) but we only had 1 nasty snowstorm. Most of the plowings were 3" to about 6" - pretty manageable. Biggest problem was that nasty storm was in mid-December and most of those 3 to 6 inch snowfalls just kept adding up, so space was at a premium by winter's end.
 
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