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Snow Boosts Some Businesses, Slows Down Others

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There has been one major change in the weather this week, snow. And shoppers are taking notice. There has been one major change in the weather this week, snow. And shoppers are taking notice.

YAKIMA, WA - There has been one major change in the weather this week, snow. And shoppers are taking notice.

"We are probably getting an additional 150 customers a day rough estimate coming in just for that," Haley Weston said. "Just for cold weather gear."

With a mild season thus far, Cabela's in Union Gap is hoping a huge sale can help get rid of their winter gear. And it seems everyone is looking for the same stuff.

"We have a ton of clearance heaters right now," Weston said. "Tons of hand warmers, toe warmers, these hats are super popular, anything North Face, Under Armor, wind stoppers. Everything to stay warm."

But not every winter related business is having the same success. The snow tires at Frank's Tire Factory aren't rolling off the shelves. They're just sitting here.

"People are not putting their snow tires on because it's so late in the season," Jason Nelson of Frank's said. "They are taking a chance."

So at Frank's they sit, and wait for someone, anyone, to buy a set of snow tires.

"We usually get 300 sets of snow tires sold and this year we've only sold 60 sets," Nelson said. "So it's way down from what we usually have."

There have been 350 accidents in South Central Washington since it started snowing Thursday. Maybe it would have been a good idea for some people to upgrade their set of wheels.

So while workers at Frank's wait, Cabela's cashes in. Tires or hand warmers? I guess for some people, it isn't a hard decision.

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