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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, March 12th : 4.0”

A strong Alberta Clipper expectedly rolled in during the afternoon on Sunday (3/12). Right on schedule as the models were suggesting. It arrived at about 2-3pm in the afternoon, and all the noteworthy accumulations ended by about 10-11pm, maybe as late as midnight in spots. With the fluff of this snow, and some blowing, we were easily measuring a solid 4 inches.

Because of the timing of this system, we did wait until after all the snow had fallen to plow residential driveways. Most/all driveways were completed prior to 8am on Monday morning. Thereafter, we did need to complete some touch up work for end of driveway clean up from the City Plow.
Shoveling of sidewalks were completed through the night and throughout a lot of the daytime on Monday. This part of our service is always delayed a bit from our plowing service because these are other teams that complete a longer shoveling route. Longer meaning they need to get in and out of the truck to complete the shoveling - essentially it takes longer to complete the routes..


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November

NOVEMBER 23RD : 2.5" (plowable snow)

On Tuesday, November 22nd, we had quite a mess on our hands if it were normal winter conditions. But, because of the warm air temps and warm surface temps, it basically rained most of the day, with some sleet and snow mixed in at times. Roads/driveways/parking lots stayed mainly wet. Once the evening hit, the rain transitioned to a period of solid sleet and this started to mess things up quite a bit now that the sun was going down or all the way down. Sleet accumulations were happening, and then by 8pm - it did turn to mostly snow at that point. This snow gradually did accumulate and last really through about midnight or 1am, but it did linger throughout the night - so we were unsure to the fact if we would receive anymore accumulation after midnight. Because it only accumulated to an average of about 2.5 total inches (some areas maybe a bit more, and some areas maybe a bit less) this falls under the 3-4" total where we would generally come possibly 2x during the event, or we would have started to plow driveways sooner.

We waited to start plowing residential driveways until about 6am on Wednesday, November 23rd. This lasted until early afternoon of the same day. It was very wet and heavy, plus we have some new snow plowing drivers, so these first storms are going to take us longer than usual due to the fact of training our drivers.

End of drives? These were completed during our plow, and some we went back to after plowing because of City plows coming through after we came through.

Sand/Salt mix? Was not required - just became a melty type of day on that Wednesday, and things were just wet once we did come through with the plow.

Straight Salt? Not much used here either, but some at times was needed to bust up the dense residual snow on the surfaces after we shoveled and/or plowed.


 




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December

 


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH: C N’R DID NOT COMPLETE ANY SNOW WORK - EXPLANATION BELOW

Overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, we did have some snow move in. There was a micro-band or burst that occurred over mainly the Minnetonka area that created more snow than others. So, all in all, depending on where you live, we had about 1-3” of snow total accumulation. A lot of this melted on contact on hard surfaces, but enough accumulated “technically” in some areas where C N’R could have plowed. BUT - it was so melty and wet, plus temps forecasted that day (Sunday) were in the upper 30’s - and last but not least, our ground temperatures are still very warm - we elected not to complete any snow work early that morning on Sunday, and it was the correct decision, because by noon at the latest, all the snow that did accumulate on hard surfaces did melt. Because it was not worth risking more damage on landscaped/grassy areas, plus more damage on tar/concrete, the decision not to plow was very helpful in this manner. Yes, when the hard surfaces are not frozen either, snow plow equipment can be very tough on cement, and especially tar. Again, no plowing, no sanding, no salting, no anything was required, and we just wanted to write about our reasoning right here.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH : 7.0”
It actually started to snow VERY lightly on Saturday afternoon 12/10. As this was a well advertised storm, it was predicted to start snowing way ahead of the main low pressure system moving in from the Rockies. By about 8-9am on Saturday, we only had about 1” of snow on the ground. By midnight Saturday night - we had about 2” on the ground. You can see how slowly it was snowing. It was expected we would receive about 3-4” of snow, maybe 5” in spots. But, very early Sunday morning, things started to change as the storm track shifted north. This made for the heavier snow band to make it into the Twin Cities starting at about 3am. This did surprise us a bit, as we were still monitoring the situation the best we could. By about 4am, there was still only about 3” of snow on the ground. So, basically, it had snowed off and on for 12 hours and only produced 3” of total snowfall. Between about 3am and 7-8am on Sunday morning 12/11 - that is when another 4 inches fell in a 4 hour period. By 9am, we were sitting easily at about 7”, and we are calling it a 7” plow although it did snow off and on all day long on Sunday. Probably, totals approached 8-9” in spots if you add it all together perfectly.

PLOWING?
With the surprise 1” per hour rates that occurred as noted above, it did catch us off guard enough where it piled up fast to a point where it slowed us down too much. Unfortunately, it just became one of those snowfalls that made for a slow plow, and there was not a ton we can do about it. We also had 2 trucks that broke down - and good thing you have a great company taking care of your snow work, because we do have one extra truck and plow. Although the breakdowns did cause some delays, we still did a pretty good job getting to all driveways as fast as we possibly could. Remember, it is our second time plowing for the season, so we are still learning our trucks and new routes, etc. Also Remember, when we get 7-8” on those driveways, it is slow going getting things cleared off. Any hoot - some trucks started on residential driveways at about 4:30am - 5:00am, and all our trucks/plows were concentrating on residential driveways by 6-7am. Driveways were opened up and/or fully plowed by 12-2pm on Sunday. Some driveways that were completed later in the morning or early afternoon were only plowed 1x, but a lot that were plowed between about 5am and 10am were plowed again during the afternoon of that Sunday. End of drives were completed as we went, and after we went by, depending on where the City Plows were.

SHOVELING? Folks, we run 3 separate shovel crews that shovel walkways, and do not plow at all. Some resi’s were shoveled during the day on Sunday, and some were shoveled during the night of Sunday into very early Monday morning. Shoveling is the toughest work out there, and we do the best we can while we roll with the intention that plowing driveways is priority.

SALT WAS USED HEAVILY.

SAND/SALT WAS APPLIED DURING THE DAY ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 12TH FOLLOWING THE STORM.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16TH : 6.0” (including the 1”+ that fell late Thursday night / early Friday morning, & including the windy conditions drifting the snow)

Another well-advertised snow storm was set to move in - Deja vu from last weekend - identical storm coming out of the Rockies. This one fell mostly on Friday, and last weekends fell mostly on Saturday - that was about the only difference. Very similar storm tracks, very similar swath of snow across southern MN. Way out ahead of the storm, we had warm advection snow that moved in very late Thursday night (12/15) and very very early Friday morning (12/16). This produced about 1” of snow. Because the rest of the storm was supposed to move in between noon and 3pm on Friday 12/16, no work was done with this first inch. Then, the main event really did not get going until about 3pm after a break - so a bit of time in between, but still, it was not worth servicing the first 1”+ that fell. We wanted to make sure our teams were resting appropriately prior to the main event. So, the accumulating snow lasted until about midnight, then we had off and on snow showers from midnight to about 3am (very early Saturday morning now, 12/17). Then from about 3am until 5am - another decent band of snow pushed through. Kind of a sloppy ending to the snow fall, but that is about how it ended - snow showers did persist until about 7am. All in all, we were measure right about 6” of snow including the first 1”+ that we did receive earlier Friday.
We did start plowing residential driveways between about 12am-1am Friday night (or technically very early Saturday morning). Driveways were completed one time through about 7-8am all the way until about 11am - depending on what route. Some routes took a lot longer than expected, mostly due to a large chunk of snow on the ground, and because of the frigid temperatures - our plow/hydro systems run very slow at these temps, and we usually do not get much snow at these temperatures! It was cold! This is usually too cold to snow.
During Saturday morning and well into the afternoon of Saturday, we did go back and touch up driveways that were in need, and we also cleared the end of the driveways from City Plow messes. They did take awhile to get their butts in gear on the city roads - like usual.

Salt
- when signed up for it - was used aggressively because of the brutally cold weather.

Sand/Salt
was NOT applied until Monday, 12/19.

Shoveling
was completed once the snow was totally completed - so the afternoon of Saturday, 12/17, is when the sidewalk shoveling was completed..


Friday, December 23rd : Rain/Snow turned to icy conditions

Through the day on Friday, a drizzle and snow mix fell through most of the day. The temps stayed mostly above freezing, so things really melted as they landed. But, it stayed very wet as the temps dropped. This caused plenty of icing. C N’R went out that night to sand/salt and salt all driveways/sidewalks that are signed up for this particular service.


 



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January

 


Monday, January 2nd: Freezing rain

Through the day on Monday, January 2nd - we received off and on freezing drizzle and some brief sleet and some snowflakes. But, most of the action was actually drizzle falling while it was 30 degrees out. During the evening of Sunday, that is when the thickest drizzle came through and iced things over pretty significantly. This all came to an end by midnight and we sent out our sanding and salting teams to complete all of this type of work during the very early morning hours of Tuesday, January 3rd. Of course, most of us adults were not working on Monday due to the holiday, and kids were out of school. All operations were completed by 6am Tuesday morning (1/3). Happy New Year!


Monday, January 9th : 0.5”

During the day on Monday, January 9th - very light snow moved into our area around 11am-noonish - lasted until about 4pmish give or take. This was a “warm advection” band of snow that developed out ahead of an area of low pressure. What this means is that warm are pushed in from the SW and rose up over the top of the cold dome that was in place. This made for light snow in the beginning with cooler temps, then the temps warmed up as it was snowing, so things compacted. With this said, we could really only measure about a half inch of snow most places. We did get a 0.7” measurement on the far southern tip of our accounts, but nothing was at an inch of snow.
C N’R completed all “light snow” operations which is plowing at 0.5” of snow or more which is an optional service you can sign up for. If you are not signed up for this service, we DID NOT plow or shovel your driveway/walkway. We also completed all our salting and sand/salting required. This all took place between about 6pm on Monday evening and midnight.


Tuesday, January 10th : 2.0”
Mixed precip at the on-set moved in during the very early morning hours of Tuesday, January 10th. This quickly changed over to snow and it fell all the way until 2pm. 2” of snow fall, and this is under the 3-4” threshold where we wait totally until the snow has finished falling to start our snow plowing and snow shoveling operations. At 2pm, we started plowing driveways, and shortly after we started shoveling walkways. Plowing and shoveling were completed late that Tuesday night and early the following Wednesday. No sand/salt was applied, but salt was used in certain situations. Because of the anticipated 1-2” more of snowfall on Wednesday (1/11) - we held off on applying sand/salt and some salt because it looked like we were going to be clearing more snow off within 24 hours anyways.


Wednesday, January 11th : 2.0”
Seems like a broken record here with this snow operations summary. We have had snowfall over the last 3 out of 4 days technically - and it has been a busy one. Sunday evening (1/8) into Monday morning (1/9) - we had about 1/2” of snow or so. Then on Tuesday morning (1/10), we had another 2-3” of snow. Then, 24 hours later (Wed 1/11) we had another 2-3” of snow. And the Wed 1/11 event is the one we are writing about right now.
Light snow moved in just before day break on Wednesday 1/11 - it was very light to begin with, then there was a small lull, then a couple stronger bands of snow moved through during the morning hours. The “accumulating” snow ended at about 11am / 1130amish and it stayed once again under that 3-4” threshold. Therefore, once again, we wait to plow residential driveways until all the snow has fallen. Folks, we did receive a couple phone calls at 10am or 11am from customer saying “where are you, and when are you coming”?  Please recall, when we stay under 4” of snow, our contracts clearly state that we come ONE TIME once all the snow has been completed. And then, in our snow plowing specification sheet, it clearly states that we will have all snow cleared within 8 hours of it stopping. We at C N’R really do not let it get that long, but most of our routes for snow plowing are about 5-7 hours long, and when we start plowing dictates how long it takes to get through every driveway one time. So, please have some patience on these small snowfalls to allow for time to complete our full routes. When we get the bigger snows over 4”, that is when things get more complicated and more difficult for us to get through everything as fast and as efficient as we can. We teach our plow drivers: To get through your route at a faster pace, plow smarter - don’t plow faster and get yourself into trouble.
Once we got all our trucks out around noon, we did finish up during the evening after rush hour. Always a pain to plow our routes during rush hour - it does make it so it takes more time…we can’t help that. Shovelers started their routes at about the same time. Shoveling route does take a lot longer to get through, and this was finished Wednesday night. Salt was applied when needed, and our sand/salt truck did not go out until the following day (Thursday, 1/12)
QUICK NOTE: Remember all the late night hours and no sleep time our teams have had over the past few events. When snow comes every 24 hours, it is tough to the proper rest before we have to go back out again. We are proud of our teams and the way they handled it all, and of course, as you get to the 3rd snow event in 3-4 days, it starts to wear on you.


Monday, January 16th : FRZ Rain
Freezing rain moved in during the evening hours of Monday, January 16th. This lasted until the very early morning hours of Tuesday, January 17th. Ice is nobody’s friend, and we had plenty of it. This batch of freezing rain moved in slowly from the south and cut the Twin Cities in half as we were on the northern fringe.
C N’R sanding and salting team members worked through the night/and early morning to apply the sand/salt mix and/or straight salt as needed


Wednesday, January 25th : 2.0”

Another Colorado Low Pressure system moved into the upper Midwest and once again, we were on the north side of this system where we received a shield of snow. This occurred as the LOW moved through Iowa and into Wisconsin. The Minneapolis area was on the northern fringe of this system, so amounts were not as impressive as they were down near the Iowa border. But, anyways - we did get enough to shovel and plow.
Snow started to fall at about 2-3am very early Wednesday morning, January 25th. Most of the accumulating snow fell from about 4am until about 9am, although light snow ended thereafter 9am and totally wrapped up at about 11am. Then snow showers for awhile after. Because this was a snowfall under the 3-4” threshold, we only start plowing residential driveways when it is completed. With that said, all our trucks were working on their residential routes no later than 11am. All residential driveways and “end of drives” were cleared by 3:30pm that afternoon.

Shoveling of walkways was completed in delay (separate crews) through the afternoon and into the night. Salt was used when needed, and sand/salt was not completed until very early morning the next day (Thursday, 1/26).


Monday, January 30th : 0.2”
Another warm advection band of snow pushed through ahead of a clipper system. The heavier snow amounts stayed North and East of us in the deformation band, but as the warm front pushed through our area, this snow developed at about 6am, and lasted until 8-9am on Monday morning (1/30). Just in time for the morning commute. This snow fell at temps at about 25 degrees, so it was slippery perfection! Very slippery out there. By the time 3pm came that afternoon, it all melted because temps rose to around 40 degrees. But, we at C N’R had to take care of the morning slipperiness out there and sent out our team to completed salting and sand/salting between about 9am and noon. It was very needed at that time.


 



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March

 


Sunday, March 12th : 4.0”

A strong Alberta Clipper expectedly rolled in during the afternoon on Sunday (3/12). Right on schedule as the models were suggesting. It arrived at about 2-3pm in the afternoon, and all the noteworthy accumulations ended by about 10-11pm, maybe as late as midnight in spots. With the fluff of this snow, and some blowing, we were easily measuring a solid 4 inches.

Because of the timing of this system, we did wait until after all the snow had fallen to plow residential driveways. Most/all driveways were completed prior to 8am on Monday morning. Thereafter, we did need to complete some touch up work for end of driveway clean up from the City Plow.
Shoveling of sidewalks were completed through the night and throughout a lot of the daytime on Monday. This part of our service is always delayed a bit from our plowing service because these are other teams that complete a longer shoveling route. Longer meaning they need to get in and out of the truck to complete the shoveling - essentially it takes longer to complete the routes..




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