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February 18, 2016

Planning Ahead for the Next Big Storm

Winter Storm Jonas has come and gone, but it’s not a storm we’re likely to forget any time soon. It was one for the history books and the snowiest storm on record for Baltimore, Allentown and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, New York City, and Newark, New Jersey. It was even the second snowiest on record for Washington, DC.

Luckily, there were no major power outages to contend with this time around, but the snow still managed to wreak havoc in our area, shutting down trains and buses not just in Baltimore but in our nation’s capital as well. The storm also blocked major roads, made sidewalks impassable and kept many of us indoors, although some of us may have enjoyed sledding, snowmen and snowball fights after the potential for blizzard conditions had passed.

It may seem like the potential for snow is behind us and spring is around the corner now, but our area has been hammered by record-breaking storms in February before, and there’s no guarantee it won’t happen again. And if you decided on DIY snow removal this year for your commercial property, you’ve probably had enough after more than 30 inches at once fell in some areas.

Last month, we recommended that all our residential and commercial clients have emergency provisions on hand in case of a major winter storm, and we see snow removal as an important safety measure and smart business move; once people can get out of their houses, if your business isn’t open because your property is covered in snow, you could lose customers. We work with our snow removal customers to set up a snow and ice management plan that is tailored to your needs and your property, including snow plowing, shoveling and de-icing. We monitor the weather consistently and if a storm is in the forecast, we track it minute by minute and work around the clock to keep our clients’ driveways, walkways and paths clear from ice and snow.

You should also keep us in mind this fall so we can map out a snow removal plan well before the first snowflake falls. And if your mind is on spring, we’ll begin setting up appointments in the next few weeks with our customers for spring yard clean-up and landscaping planning for the season.