Clyde Adams says a snow like what fell Thursday night into Friday morning is perfect for getting people "in the mood."
For buying snowblowers, that is.
Adams works in the sales department at Southern York Turf and Tractor's Shrewsbury location and said the snow that fell in York overnight won't go away easily because of the cold temperatures that are supposed to stick around through next week.
Adams said the weather, paired with the start of the weekend, will encourage those pushing shovels for the fourth time this year to think about buying a snowblower.
Adams said the store, which also has a location in York, has sold between 18 and 20 snowblowers so far this season. That's compared to the five or six he sold over the whole winter in the past two years.
Adams said he's also seen an uptick in the number of service orders for people who already own snowblowers. The ethanol in the fuel goes stale quickly, Adams said, and people who haven't fired up their machines for a few years have brought theirs in for a tune-up.
More sales: Other stores in the York area have noticed the increase in sales of snowblowers, too.
The Home Depot in York had already sold three snowblowers by mid-morning Friday, said James Forsberg, supervisor at the Pro Desk.
Forsberg said the store had plenty of leftover inventory from the past two years, but is moving through that stock faster this year with the early snowfalls. Forsberg said many customers are looking to replace an old machine that's not up to muster, but the store hasn't had very many requests for servicing so far. Lowe's in York had a big rush on snowblowers and other snow equipment in mid-December following the first big snow of the year, said Doug McComas, the store's manager.
McComas said Lowe's also had an inventory left from other years, but has already needed to request a replenishment. The store was stocked as of Friday morning, and McComas said snowfall is often the driving force for purchases, though a few customers did buy their new machines before snow was in the forecast.
Adams said some "early birds" stocked up on snow supplies in late October and November at Southern York Turf and Tractor, but he said the snowfall from the year before typically affects how much of a priority people place on being prepared. For example, late snowstorms in March typically equal earlier preparation the next season.
Since that didn't happen last year, Adams said he's seen the largest groups of customers for snow-related supplies after snow has already fallen.
Adams said he's seen one idea proven true for years: Bad weather is good for auto body shops and for retailers who sell snow equipment like his.
"Bring it on," Adams said.
-- Reach Nikelle Snader at firstname.lastname@example.org.