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3/11/22 3:30pm – A strong yet warmer Nor’easter is expected to move through our area beginning late this evening, continuing into Saturday evening at which point the precipitation likely changes to snow.  A coating to 3″ is the most likely scenario.  Because of the rapidly falling temperatures Saturday evening and it surfaces being wet, salting crews will be arriving by 4pm as the first wave of response.  Real-time weather data near that time will determine if additional staff are required then or later in the evening for plowing/shoveling.  It is anticipated that the storm moves out of our area by 9pm, so all resources required will be in at that time at the latest.

3/1/2022 through 3/6/2022 – For the remainder of the week and into the weekend, there are multiple threats of small Clipper systems passing through our area.  Each will bring the chance of light accumulating snow.  With temps warming, strong sun during the day, and minimal snow amounts forecasted, we will attempt to manage these storms with our salt.  Sites already have salt residual on them from the prior storm.  We will have staff monitoring each passing weather event, and likely a full salt treatment will be done after each event.  Plowing & shoveling crews will be mobilized if any of these events exceeds what is reasonable to salt away.  A few accounts that don’t wish for salt likely will need a clean-up clearing once or twice this week(end). 

2/24/2022 – 10am – Last evening, the majority of properties were pretreated with salt as we anticipate a more traditional snowstorm, no mixing, of 8-12″ of snow.  The forecast for this event has been as consistent as we’ve seen this season.  Based on that, we are planning the following arrival times for our crews:

Dedicated Sites – 5am

General Plowing Routes & Breakout Hand crew – 8am

Large Tractor Blower- Noon

Full Hand crew Support – 6pm

Anticipated Finals Begin – Between 9pm – 11pm

Post Storm Salt Checks – Immediately After Plowing is Complete

Crews will continue through the storm, with only short breaks until all initial clean up in complete, early Saturday AM.  Parking stalls shall be checked sometime later Saturday, with decks, paths, and other post storm items completed later Saturday, possibly extending into Sunday.

2/18/2022 – 2pm – The majority of properties have dried up nicely today, but temperatures are dropping fast.  We have a full salt crew out now performing checks of all properties, and they will be applying salt to wet areas.  Sites that have requested zero tolerance will have full treatments applied as there is the potential of snow squalls and snow showers tomorrow.

2/8/2022 – 5am – Temperatures are running about 6 degrees cooler than forecasted, resulting in spotty ice.  Areas that were unable to be cleared from that last storm are extremely slippery.  Multiple salt trucks and walkway salt crews have been dispatched, however due to the continued rain, any treatment is limited in effectiveness / duration.  Once the rain ends this afternoon, a complete salt treatment will be performed.  Please use caution today.

2/6/22 – 10:30am – On going efforts continue today to clear frozen sleet piles and ice from garage doors and drives with heavy equipment.  If you see crews working on driveways, please open your garage door to reduce damage risk.  Unfortunately, little can be done on many walkways as no small equipment is able to assist in the removal.  As weather warms later in the week, we are hopeful to clear such areas.

2/5/22 – 7am Storm update – The rain storm that turned to a 24 hour sleet storm has created the equivalent of 4″ of concrete.  Most roads and parking lots are cleared to normal standards, as are most drives, but walkways and areas near garage doors are trouble spots.  Specifically, many condos have large humps of sleet as it rolled off the roof.  It is too close to the building for heavy equipment and shovels/blowers won’t touch it.  Our only option is to try heavy salt to try and free it up, and return later to clear.  Unfortunately, this storm will take another day or two for details.  Some crews have gone on break while others remain in completing their lists.  Staff will be limited for remainder of day as many have been in for 24+ hours.  A full regroup will happen tomorrow for day-after details.  Some out of contract emergency efforts may be required for properties.

2/4/22 – 4am – Storm update – The forecasted snow totals have dropped in our area as the rain and sleet lasted longer into the night.  We observed the change over to sleet/freezing rain mix between 2-3am.  Because of the falling temps with this mixed frozen precipitation, we will salt walkways during our first visit to help keep the areas soft for final clean up.  Roadways are parking lots are more difficult to micro-manage with follow up salt, however the larger equipment is more efficient at lifting such accumulation.  Once the plow equipment rolls, we will reevaluate the salting needs and effectiveness.

2/3/22 – 10am – Rain today will transition to frozen precipitation between midnight and dawn tomorrow.  Because of this wet and warm start to the storm, we are unable to pretreat this storm with salt.  This will result in increased compaction and slippery conditions on properties as only sites with dedicated salt trucks will be able to properly apply salt after the first breakout plow.  All other properties will be salted after final plowing services early Saturday.  Please use caution.  Timelines below remain mostly the same, less the large tractor will likely be delayed to the end of precipitation considering the lesser totals.

As of this morning, the anticipated dispatch schedule will be as follows:

2 AM – Dedicated site crews

7 AM – Breakout plow and shovel crews

2 PM – Large tractor for condo driveways

4 PM – Full shovel crew support

7 PM – Heavy precipitation ends and final clean-up begins

2 AM – All truck salting begins after routes are plowed

Clearing services will continue into Saturday morning.  Crews will wrap up for the day and return on Sunday morning to perform day after services such as parking stalls, fuel fills, deck clearing, while also checking for any miss details during the storm.

 

1/29/22 – 10am – Storm update – Our plan as posted yesterday remains in effect.  The estimated accumulation is looking to be between 12-18″, with the snow maybe ending a little earlier than expected, perhaps 11pm.

1/28/22 – 10am –  A substantial and dangerous storm is expected to begin Saturday morning, and a blizzard warning has already been posted from that point into Sunday morning.  Snowfall amounts are constantly changing, but the theme is 1-2’ for certain, with possibly 3’.  The final amount may never be calculated as the more difficult part of the storm is the wind.  Sustained winds of 30mph and gusts nearing 65mph will essentially make travel impossible in many areas.  These conditions, along with cold temperatures, will delay certain services such as sidewalk clearing, due to safety and lack of effectiveness in such blizzard conditions.  Our priority will be to keep roadways passable for emergency vehicles if needed, until conditions allow for more traditional service.  A few notes as of Friday morning are as follows:

  • On Friday, most of the staff have the day off after a week of preparations.
  • We have added (2) front-end loaders to the fleet for this storm, with two additional operators.
  • Additional crew cab trucks have been rented to fit additional shoveling laborers at the end of the storm.
  • Due to the size and duration of this storm, a specific pre-treatment with salt will not help, but we are fully stocked for post-storm treatment instead.
  • Hotel rooms are reserved for staff that may have to arrive early to ensure they are not stuck and for some operators who may need a couple hour break.
  • Fuel reserves have been filled as we expect power outages and station closings.
  • Chainsaws are prepared for possible downed trees in roadways.
  • Office phone coverage has been scheduled for emergency calls and for crew tracking/safety.
  • All managers will be actively engaged in the clearing of snow and will not be checking emails.
  • Final detailed clearing of this storm may take us through Monday to complete. Please only call if you have a true emergency.
  • We expect dedicated commercial site coverage to begin near daybreak Saturday.
  • All other plow routes for roadways, parking lots, and driveways will begin breakout services mid-morning and continue throughout the storm.
  • We will attempt to provide limited walkway breakout services from noon to evening on Saturday for customers that do not have direct access via garage and for business that are open.
  • Snowfall accumulation will be mostly over near midnight Sunday; however, winds will continue to cause drifting for several hours. We will begin our walkway breakouts at 2am Sunday, beginning with properties that do not have direct garage access and businesses that must be open Sunday.  All other accounts will follow, with a goal that all accounts have had breakout service by Sunday evening.
  • Due to winds and ongoing clearing efforts by municipalities and our own plow crews, detailed final clearing will not likely begin for walkways and details until Monday.
  • We thank you in advance for your patience.

1/25/22 – 4:35am – Snow showers overnight have accumulated between .5″ and 1.5″.  We have mobilized all crews to run through their routes as some properties require plowing and others don’t, but with the forecasted temps and anticipated blizzard this weekend, we prefer to do what we can to reduce any snow compaction that will lead to ice.  Salt applications will likely be on an as needed basis after plowing is completed.

1/17/2022 –  11:30am –  Today’s storm began with a few flakes, and quickly transitioned to rain.  We have been monitoring this since 3am. Due to the frozen ground, ice accumulated even with air temperatures in the upper 30’s.  Because our sites had salt residual, icing was reduced, and additional salt was only used in the worst of areas as the rain was too heavy to make a difference.  Temps are now in the 40’s and salting crews are scheduled for dispatch at 4pm this afternoon to begin post treatment, before a likely freeze-up.  

1/7/2022 – 5 AM – Light now has begun to fall across the area, and sites with dedicated crews are either on-site or in route.  Properties that utilize salt were pre-treated early Thursday morning.  The storm is expected to intensify quickly, perhaps exceeding 1″ of snow per hour.  Early reports from Uxbridge, MA report snowfall rates of 2″ per hour.  This combined with increasing winds will cause poor visibility and travel conditions.  We expect to be fully staffed at 8 AM, with crews dispersing by 9AM.  Crews will perform “break-out” services throughout the day to keep sites passable.  It is expected that that snow ends mid to late afternoon, at which point we will begin “final” clean-ups, though we must wait for the municipal crews to first perform their work.  Overnight, significant winds are expected, and this will likely cause drifting in areas.  Such drifting, along with fuel fills and parking stalls, will be checked on Saturday.  Today is a great day to stay home if able.

12/25/2021 – The Christmas storm is expected to last to dawn of the 26th.  Due to forecasted freezing rain and snow amounts of less than 4″, it is best to limit plowing until close to the end to reduce glazing.  Crews will be dispatched for most accounts at 3am on the 26th.  Sites requiring dedicated 24 hr service will be staffed as usual. 

12/22/2021 – Early AM & Afternoon – We are expecting a short period of freezing rain, this morning which should transition to rain that ends mid-afternoon.  Properties have residual salt from the last snowstorm, and many commercial properties had additional salt applied yesterday afternoon in anticipation of this event.  Crews were in at 3am and will monitor for additional services, and return this afternoon for a full round of salt to drives and walkways as it is likely we will have a rapid refreeze.  This salting will also help ensure a decent level of safety for the Christmas holiday.

12/17/2021 – Pre-Dawn – We completed pre-salting of properties early this morning, allowing our crews time to rest before the anticipated storm. In looking ahead to Saturday afternoon, we are expecting our first full snow event, with a general 3-6″ of snow expected by daybreak Sunday.  Dedicated sites will have staff arrive near first flake, with most other crews reporting to work at about 1″-2″ of accumulation.  With being the first storm of the year, we encourage all operators to take a little extra time as they navigate their routes in the dark.  All crews will be working through the event until finals are completed Sunday morning.  The office phone will be staffed for most of the event.  Managers will be in the field assisting new operators.  Any emergency should be called in to the office, as emails to managers are often not seen until the next business day.

12/7/2021 – Pre-Dawn – Most moisture from yesterday’s rain has dried up, however some ice has been reported due to shaded areas where ground temperatures remain below freezing.  In anticipation of a disturbance Wednesday to Thursday morning, we took the opportunity early this morning to pre-salt properties and train new crew members.  This management method helps to mitigate slippery conditions and ultimately reduces environmental impact as it reduces the compaction of snow and ice, thus less salt is used.   

11/27/2021 – The rain that began yesterday, transitioned into snow showers early this morning.  Because ground temperatures are still above freezing, we have not observed any icing yet.  Air temperatures are forecasted to drop below freezing near daybreak, so salt crews are out applying product to certain commercial properties and monitoring all others.  More unsettled weather is expected Sunday into Monday.

11/8/2021 – Pre-Winter Preparations!  As we continue with Fall Clean-Ups, we must also prepare for snow management.  The majority of our winter equipment is stored indoors during the summer months to reduce degradation by the sun.  This equipment was taken out of storage at the beginning of October and is in the process of being readied for winter operation.  Crews have begun staking properties and placing salt barrels on sites.  Routes are being finalized and annual training will begin shortly.  With the upgrade of our website, it is our intent to post our storm management plans before each storm, with possible updates as we feel needed during or after the weather event, to keep our clients posted.  

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