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Inches of Snow compared to Ice

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by jdmethe2, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. jdmethe2

    jdmethe2 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Has anyone come across a ratio or comparison to what it takes for the removal of 1 inch of snow to ____inches of ice?

    Mainly related to writing a seasonal contract for snow removal with a cap on snowfall?
  2. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    ice is just a major pain. 1/4" = 3" of snow. Its worse if you didn't pretreat to break the bond with the pavement. Your plow rides up and over it like its pavement so plowing ice is impossible unless you salt first (or pretreated).
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Grn Mtn is right on. An inch of rain will yeild about a foot of snow. Sometimes less if it's wet & heavy like we can get here on the coast. More if it's really cold, and fluffy lake effect.
  4. jdmethe2

    jdmethe2 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Thank you

    Thank you so much, I have been plowing for over 10 years but still am learning the in's and out's of quoting.:dizzy: can make you go crazy with the different kind of contracts
  5. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    Ice falls under the Blizzard clause. What ever it takes....
    Dont think your going to burn off an inch of ice with a predetermined amount of salt. Its just like fricken hardpack, once its there your screwed. If temps drop like a hammer (dont they always ?), you can keep piling it on till your blue in the face. Thats when a bucket and a machine come in handy.