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rate of snow fall

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Acorn, Jan 9, 2003.

  1. Acorn

    Acorn Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    I read threads saying that no more than 3" of snow or less accumulates on their sites before they are plowed. Our last storm on Jan 5 started at noon and we had 12" by 3 PM with a total of about 24" by midnight. Just curious about how fast the snow usually falls in the eastern states.
  2. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I've had something like that just once.

    I just went home and waited till it was over.

    Went out a couple times to plow entrences and paths but other then that there was no way to keep up.
  3. Acorn

    Acorn Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    More times than not, this is the way the snow comes around here. People are a bit more patient with snow removal because they have to be.

    Some aren't. I was late on a Sunday morning getting a lady out (had already been there 2 times during the night and you wouldn't know it) She calls me up and sais "Oh God I'm going to be late for church" I said God made it snow so he will forgive you for missing church.
  4. OffRoadPlow

    OffRoadPlow Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    LOL, good one Acorn, We don't get too many like that, at least not last year or this one yet. But you are more than welcome to send it our way, and then we could tell you.... I think we got hit like that two years ago, if I remember correctly. I was not plowing anyone else that year ( of course ) but I did not see many out working it either, just did what I could to keep mine done, What a pile it made.... :p I think we had to have close to 3' in almost 2 days... Those are the good times.
  5. jbutch83

    jbutch83 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    The storm we had over Christmas, came down about 1 in an hour. It started at 7 at night, by 1 am we had close to 6 inches on the ground, went by one of our accounts, a hotel, and cars were having trouble getting in and out. We plowed the lot, except for a couple cars, and then hit it again in the morning. Got a call from the owner that day, complaining that we plowed him twice, he only wanted to pay for one plow, as he wanted us to wait till it stopped snowing before we plowed his lot. We ended up getting close to 10 inches, and we explained to him that we were not going to push 10 inches at one time, too hard on our equipment. After 15 minutes with this guy, we told him if he did not like it, to find someone else. He said he liked our work, and wanted to keep us, he is just a cheap skate.

  6. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320


    Yeah, That has to be the number one pain of weather/budget guessing.

    And we all know to service a hotel correctly, It probably should have been three pushes.... To get a small Honda to stop for a room.

    Really would have heard it then though...


    I say, Good guess...... jbutch83

    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 751

    If we see rates of 1-1.5" per hour thats a good rate for the coast line. The last couple of storms around here have had rates of 3" per hour but thats well away from the coast. The longest sustained one inch per hour rate was the blizzard of 97, 25.4 inches in 24 hours. It all melted around here in about 4 days.
  8. 66Construction

    66Construction Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    The Christmas storm had a band of snow come through droped 3-5" an hour, or atleast thats what the weather guessers say. Also had a storm last winter the weather guesses predicted 1-3 with rain at the onset, snowed 4" an hour for four hours.(ooops)
  9. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    send 24" here

    The biggest snowfall we've had here was 3.5" this season. The last time we had that kind of snow (98-99..22.5") they shut down everything. Started snowing sat at about 1 a.m. by sat afternoon while briving home from plowing toward the city I had to zig-zag through cars that were stuck and/or broke down, on the biggest highway in our area (4 lanes total). By 10 p.m. I was getting told to go home by our cheif of police because they were shutting down all the roads in the area until 7 a.m. the next day. So right now I'd settle for a nice 2", at least have a chance to go out and make $$. Have only been out twice this year, and getting discouraged.
  10. Chief Plow

    Chief Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    Our christmas storm we had a few hours we averaged 4" 0r 5" an hour ( According to the news ) it sure as hell felt like it, 4 trucks on the road and struggled to keep up. Thank god no one broke or got stuck. It was a safe and profitable storm
    Good luck all