YAKIMA--The roads and sidewalks have been clear of any major snow for more than a month in most areas. What impact does that have on local snow removal businesses?
While they had hoped for more snow, most companies that plow do other maintenance work, so they've kept busy.
Plowers were busy in December, when the Yakima Valley was hit with a lot of snow.
Business has slowed down since then. Precipitation levels are well below average so far in 2009, so maintenance companies are leaving the snow plows at home.
Now those companies are focusing on jobs that didn't get finished in the fall, or preparing for springtime.
"We do a lot of different stuff to offset the snow," A&J Maintenance owner Adam Danforth said. "We do maintenance on gutters, [this is] a time we can go clean out stuff like that."
Both companies KNDO talked with said their businesses aren't hurting despite the lack of snow.
It could be a different story for their employees. They often only work whenever they're needed during the winter months. Without snow to plow, they aren't needed very often in January and February.