CN'R Lawn N' Landscape Winter Snow RemovalCommercial Winter Summaries

CN'R Lawn N' Landscape - Snow Plowing and RemovalAs we progress through our Minnesota Winter, C N' R will post snow removal summaries for residential properties in this location. Be sure to check back here often as the snow flies for snow plowing, sanding/salt and shoveling updates.


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Sunday, January 14th : 4.0”

It was more or less an all day snow and into the evening of Sunday, January 14th. It started out as snow showers and snow flurries, and the main accumulating snow did not move in until about 1-2pm. This main band lasted all the way through about 8pmish give or take that evening. This was a super high ratio snow that was forecasted to be about 1-3” total. It exceeded that amount by a bit and we hit the 4” mark pretty easily.

Between 6-8pm on Sunday evening, we started to plow all commercial properties from curb to curb. All properties were completed before sunrise.

Shoveling of all commercial properties was completed before sunrise as well. We are talking sunrise of Monday, January 15th.

The salt crew for parking lots did not get started until about 9am on Monday morning and salted everything through the day that Monday.

A QUICK NOTE: Although the snowfall stopped pretty much during the evening of Sunday, 1/14, there were some flurries/snowshowers that pushed through and lingered all night long. A lot of customers likely came into their parking lots with a dusting of snow which we could not prevent because it was just spattering snow flakes whenever it wanted during the night time hours. Typical of these COLD Clipper systems.


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Monday December 4th: 1.5"

From near 60 degrees at 2pm to 26 degrees with snow by 8-9pm on Monday, December 4th. A complex storm system moved through instantly converting Minnesota into winter. This storm was able to pull up plenty of moisture, but most fell in the form of rain. Once it did change over to snow between about 8pm-10pm on Monday evening, 12/4, it snowed rather moderately until Midnight or so.
1-2” ended up accumulating on pavement, maybe 2-4” on grassy areas. It was definitely a quick turn to winter and a smack of reality. And because the ground temps were so warm and how fast the temps dropped, all the snow/rain adhered to the surface and caused glazed ice conditions. This did affect our progress as we had to be very careful while plowing, and just getting property to property as traffic was absolutely horrible and even the highways were glaze ice. A complete skating rink!

C N’R started snow removal services for commercial properties around midnight of 12/4 & 12/5, and all lots were fully plowed by about 7am that morning (Tuesday, 12/5).

Shoveling/salting of sidewalks was completed between about the same time frame mentioned above.

Any Salt and or Sand for lots was used heavily due to all the ice/compaction from the rain/snow adhering so significantly to everything. It was a major mess of ice, that is for sure, and we did our best to clean up parking lots/shave them down the most we could, and apply chemical if you are signed up for that.


Monday December 6th: 0.3"

We had an area of snow showers develop late during the afternoon of Wednesday, December 6th. This lasted very lightly until 8-9pm that evening. This slicked things up quite a bit and because the previous storm which adhered every bit of that ice to pavement, plus another round of light snow, it was a no brainer to head out and complete more salting to commercial parking lots and sidewalks. This was completed during the night/early morning hours of the next day.


Monday, December 11th : 0.5”
Very early during the morning of Monday, December 11th, we had a quick shot of snow move through. With temps hovering around the freezing mark, it made for a greasy/heavy half inch of snow.

After 8-9am that morning, our shovel teams were released to complete sidewalk shoveling and salting.

Parking lot salting was completed during the daytime hours.

No plowing was completed.


Wednesday, December 13th : 0.3”
We had another burst of snow move through during the morning rush hour as we were all heading to work. As you can remember, it made things rather slick once again with these quick bursts of snow occurring from this NW flow weather pattern we are in.

During the daytime hours, C N’R teams did go out an check on commercial properties for shoveling on some, and salting on others - whatever was needed.


Saturday, December 16th : Coating

While east St. Paul received an inch during this wave of snow that moved from NW to SE - the southwest metro was only clipped by the SW side of this band with a coating of snow. This greased things up enough that warranted some commercial parking lot plowing/touch-ups, etc. We cleaned up sidewalks, filled salt buckets, etc. Heavy salt was needed, as temps were dropping fast. With the temps dropping fast, things iced up rapidly as well. All property parking lots/sidewalks were not worked on, but we did check up on everything and did what was necessary for each specific property.


Thursday, December 28th : 1.2”

We had a weak band of snow develop overnight and into the very early morning hours of Thursday, 12/28. This area of snow was the VERY small flake type of snow with the really cold conditions we had in place - and also a lot of dry air aloft, and at the ground in place. This makes for a fine needle snow that takes awhile to accumulate. But, we did get just over an inch of snow over a broad area of MN. By 6am on Thursday, 12/28 - we did measure about 0.3” - 0.4”. This was not enough to warrant to head out yet. By noon, things stopped and we had enough to plow - BUT commercially, we decided it was just still not enough to warrant any “openings” of parking lots. Cars/traffic were quickly packing this fine needle snow down, and opening would have been a waste of time, and also a waste of money for our great customers.

So, for plowing parking lots, we waited until the following night to plow all lots from curb to curb.

Sidewalk shoveling/salting: This was completed from about 10-11am until mid-afternoon on Thursday, 12/28. We did feel sidewalks needed to be attended to right away. Heavy salt was used in these cold conditions.

Parking lot salt delayed until the early morning hours of Friday, 12/29 - where heavy salt was once again used in this very cold environment.


Saturday, December 30th : 0.5”

Friday night into Saturday morning (12/29 into 12/30, we did receive another half inch of snow. And with all the compacted snow out there that started to loosen up from our salting, or from warmer cars, etc - combined with the half inch of snow, we did feel that commercial properties needed to get plowed once again from curb to curb. Because this was a holiday weekend, and New Year’s day was on Monday, January 1st, all businesses did not open until the following Tuesday. So, we did delay to plow/shave the lots of all the grease until very early Tuesday morning, 1/2. More or less very late during the night time hours of Monday, 1/1. Sidewalks were shoveled and salted on the Saturday before (12/30) - when our shovel crews did go out, but once again, our plow teams delayed until Monday night/Tuesday morning.

And yes, heavy salt was used on parking lots, sidewalks, etc. It has been a long streak of cold, and it is tough to get the salt to activate. So, applying it heavy is necessary!



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Thursday, January 11th : 1.5”

A well advertised Colorado low-pressure system moved through the upper midwest brushing the Twin Cities with 1-3” of snow. As this system moved in, it got to near 40 degrees, and overnight of Wednesday, 1/10 into very early in the morning of Thursday, 1/11 - we did have snow melting along with drizzle/mist, that quickly froze SOLID with a temp drop of nearly 30 degrees within hours. Then, this system dragged in some snow behind it with a secondary front that pushed through during the day on Thursday. Slowly but surely, we picked up 1-3” of snow by about 2-3pm in the afternoon.

So, commercially, by about 4am early Thursday morning, that solid ice was EXTREMELY slippery and widespread. Snow had not moved in yet. This storm was in 2 phases, so this phase 1 part of the ice made for us to send out salting crews to complete sidewalk and parking lot salting to all “urgent” customers that require salt and count on salt. Then, the snow started to fall as we were completing this, and we waited to see what happened.

As said above the snow fell slowly through the day, and we ended up with about 1.5” of snow. Extremely windy conditions developed. Driving around, there was just not enough snow to initiate any “openings” of commercial properties because it was a waste of time and money. We waited it out, and plowed all lots overnight Thursday night 1/11 into very early Friday morning 1/12.

Shoveling of walkways was completed at the same time.

Salting? Yes, a lot of you were completed 2x during this storm. Once early in the morning of Thursday 1/11 with all that ice, and then after we plowed the 1.5” of snow the following night, we had to add some more salt. A lot of salt was used!


Sunday, January 14th : 4.0”

It was more or less an all day snow and into the evening of Sunday, January 14th. It started out as snow showers and snow flurries, and the main accumulating snow did not move in until about 1-2pm. This main band lasted all the way through about 8pmish give or take that evening. This was a super high ratio snow that was forecasted to be about 1-3” total. It exceeded that amount by a bit and we hit the 4” mark pretty easily.

Between 6-8pm on Sunday evening, we started to plow all commercial properties from curb to curb. All properties were completed before sunrise.

Shoveling of all commercial properties was completed before sunrise as well. We are talking sunrise of Monday, January 15th.

The salt crew for parking lots did not get started until about 9am on Monday morning and salted everything through the day that Monday.

A QUICK NOTE: Although the snowfall stopped pretty much during the evening of Sunday, 1/14, there were some flurries/snowshowers that pushed through and lingered all night long. A lot of customers likely came into their parking lots with a dusting of snow which we could not prevent because it was just spattering snow flakes whenever it wanted during the night time hours. Typical of these COLD Clipper systems.


 


 


 



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