After a slow winter last year, snow removal businesses in York County were prepped and ready for the snow that fell so far this week.
"We're ready to go. We were all ready for it," said Cassady Krinock, co-owner of AC Lawn Care & Snow Removal.
By Wednesday afternoon, employees of the West Manchester Township business Krinock co-owns with her husband, Chris, were gearing up to remove snow from the roughly 15 sites the business has contracts with.
Snow removal businesses got a little help clearing snow from Mother Nature as snow that fell during parts of the day turned to rain, washing away some of the white stuff.
But Krinock and other business owners said that unlike most people, they were happy to see snow falling and accumulating around the county.
"Last year was terrible," Krinock said. "We made more money taking care of downed trees."
Totals: The storm dumped two inches of snow on York while 3.4 inches was reported in Spring Grove, said Dave Samuhel, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.
"It (the snow) came in heavier than we expected this morning," he said.
The snow turned to rain, which was heavy at times, in the afternoon, washing away some of the snow.
Snowfall totals recorded in Spring Grove amount to more than a fourth of the total snow that fell on the county the whole of last winter when 12.4 inches was reported.
Four of those inches of snow fell during a storm last October, Samuhel said.
Gearing up: Jeffrey Fishel, owner of Jeffrey L. Fishel Grounds Maintenance in York Township, spent most of Christmas day preparing equipment for Wednesday's winter storm.
Employees were out in force plowing, salting and clearing walkways at commercial properties for which the business has contracts as snowfall began to slow.
Fishel said he usually goes through between five and six tons of salt during an average storm, such as the one that hit York County Wednesday.
Steve Konarzewski, owner of Squeegee Klean in Spring Garden Township, said his employees were out clearing sidewalks in and around York City for the better part of the day.
But sometimes snow removal work has its risks.
An employee of Squeegee Klean was involved in a car crash en route to work. The employee wasn't injured, but the car he was driving sustained damage, Konarzewski said.
Nonetheless, Konarzewski said he and his employees are ready for winter weather.
"I'm actually looking forward to getting out there this winter," he said.
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