Below Average Snowfall Affecting Businesses, Cities, & Towns

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Tuesday night’s winter weather is a reminder that so far this go–around, snow hasn’t been as big a factor as past years.  In fact, at TF Green, we’ve seen just over 11 inches of total snow for the season. That’s less than half the season–to–date average.

For city and town budgets, that’s a good thing.

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena says, “This storm cost us about $23,000.  So with that, in total, it’s about $119,000 from the beginning of the winter, if you will, until now.”

That’s well below the budget of about $200,000.  But for Johnston, the situation is unique.

Polisena says, “I used $101,965.65 for renting a pump for 5 days on Belfield Drive.  So, that took half the budget if you will.”

The quiet winter to date is not necessarily great for everyone.  The money just isn’t flowing in for private businesses that plow during the winter.

Case Snow Management National Director of Operations John Semas says, “Obviously, everybody wants a high snow winter.  We’re a snow company.  Numbers have been down as far an inch totals are concerned.”

Case is making up for the below average southern New England winter through their business in other areas.

Semas says, “Obviously, it impacts our numbers a little bit, but our portfolio is really diverse.  We go all the way through Chicago, through the Midwest, to the tip of Maine, all the way down to North Carolina.”

For companies that rely solely on southern New England snow, though, it’s been a tough winter, but we’re not done just yet.  We’re only halfway through February, and there’s still plenty of opportunity for snow, or no snow, to affect those bottom lines.

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