Monthly Archives: October 2018

SnowEx Announces “Plow On Your Terms” Giveaway Winners


MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. –SnowEx has announced the winners of its “Plow On Your Terms” Giveaway. The three selected entrants were Salvatore Nazzaro of Barto, Pa., John Finn of South Bend, Ind., and Wayne Marquette of Nashua, N.H.

Winners were able to select from the full line of SnowEx plows. Nazzaro chose a Heavy-Duty (HD) model plow, whereas both Finn and Marquette selected HDV™ V-Plows. Overall, SnowEx gave away more than $25,000 of equipment. The winners will take delivery of their new plows in November.

The “Plow On Your Terms” Giveaway was an effort to promote the new partnership between SnowEx and SnoHub, the provider of the leading free mobile application designed to connect homeowners with snow plowing services. SnoHub is giving everyone from weekend warriors to full-time snow removal contractors an easier way to find customers and, with the Giveaway, SnowEx gave three lucky participants the tools they need to serve them.

For more information about SnoHub, visit www.snohub.comor search “snohub” on Google Playor the iTunes App Store.

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How To Choose Your Weather Provider

Snow and Ice managers can greatly help out their operation by knowing what Mother Nature is most likely to do. An accurate and detailed weather forecast makes a huge difference in helping you keep slippery risks off your roads, lots and sidewalks.

Unfortunately, you can only get a truly accurate forecast by getting a custom forecast.  Weather Apps and Regional News Forecasts don’t tell you what is going to happen with adequate precision.  SIMA and the Accredited Snow Contractor Association (ASCA) strongly recommend snow contractors have a professional weather service. While it’s not a huge industry, there are many to choose from.

You have unique needs when it comes to your operation and integrating weather information. The “right fit” with a service provider is important. The best fit for a large contractor that covers several states is going to be different than a small local snow fighter.

Whether you are looking for specific forecast information or need post-storm snowfall reports to help avoid billing disputes and possible liability then there are many different options out there.

Below are many of the weather forecast and consulting services geared towards winter clients.

Your Weather Service Options


Customized solutions specific to your coverage area and impacts to your operation.  We honestly really like these folks because they are the team we choose to use most often.  This Ohio-based company has seen all types of winter weather, including being very experienced in lake effect snow.

Neoweather is smaller, but adds the personalized human touch to forecasts. They provide a weekly forecast overview,  detailed Forecast Breakdowns a day before the storm hits with a mix of charts, maps and text.  What surprises us is how they can keep that personalized service despite such a large client list throughout the country.


This New Jersey based company has been around for decades. They are most well known for their Certified Snow Totals. This product is accessible through an online dashboard with storm information and snow reports from the previous event. You can do advanced searches by date, season, location, accumulation amount and precipitation type.

“Winter Storm Alerts”are detailed forecast documents on coming storms.  You can receive calls to alert you when snow is going to arrive. Weatherworks has a large forecasting base in the Northeast and New England with some markets into the Midwest.

Weather Pros 

Easy and quick forecasts are the name of the game. It’s all about texting and a simple approach. You’ll receive images of computer model snow maps with expected pavement conditions, snow ratios and salt/plow decisions. Consulting questions can be answered within a couple hours. If you like weather model discussion to see what the latest trends are, this might be a good option.  Meteorologist Rob Guarino and team also provide snowfall verification.


This Indiana area team is best known for long range forecasting and serving clients in Agriculture and Energy, but they are no stranger to snow and ice. BAM is growing fast and gaining a happy client base for many of their services. They specialize in regional forecasts and detailed videos analyses of the weather to come. Regional snow contractors and property management companies might find the most value here, especially if you are based in the Plains, Midwest or Ohio Valley.

Weather Command

If business longevity is a top priority for you then this one should stand out. Murray and Trettel have been around since 1946! Who even knew weather forecasting was a thing back then haha. They have had decades to adjust their offering to Chicago, Midwest and other regions across the country. They work with many industries including snow removal. You’ll receive color coded forecast documents  with multiple temperature and precipitation ranges plus percentages of operational hazards. These are sent 2-4 hours before a storm.


This is more of a one size fits all service. You log into an online dashboard to see radar, current observations and forecast data. They service multiple industries and things are not heavily customized. Their app display is fancy and some of the look and feel of your favorite phone weather app. If you like software, algorithms and lots of flashy data then you can certainly benefit from their platform.

Precision Weather

Another company with 50 years of offering private weather forecasting. They dabble in weather operations with many different industries and certainly don’t specialize in snow and ice. BUT Precision does offer copious experience at mitigating winter weather risk (in education and ski industries especially). Detailed weather advice is provided via phone calls and emails. Outlooks for a couple weeks ahead or the next season is also available.


Are you large regional company, Department of Transportation or highway department? This dashboard based weather provider might be great for you. DTN doesn’t gear their forecasts for the average snow contractor, but if you have some extra $$$ they would work. Their mobile and web portal has many proprietary data sections on weather impacts to roads, plus RWIS data.

There are certainly more regional and local one’s out there that might be the right fit. Do a little research online to see if there are any specific to your area. Weather in any one city, town or village is often influenced by small-scale weather patterns that local meteorologists might pick out better. Though, it certainly does not mean closer is always best.

Now is the time to purchase a weather service. Increase your own efficiency while making for a safer environment with weather information tailored to your needs. Find the right fit and get prepared.

LTA Promotes Matt Blais to VP

LTA Manufacturing, manufacturer of fiberglass truck caps, tonneau covers and cargo management products, today announced the promotion of Matt Blais to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He will be responsible for the sales and marketing of the company’s four brands: ATC Truck Covers, Ranch Fiberglass, Jason Industries and LoadMaster.

“Matt has been a key part of our success, and we are thrilled to promote him to this important position,” said Rick Willis, President of LTA Manufacturing.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, LTA Manufacturing is a fast-growing manufacturer and marketer of recreational and commercial grade fiberglass truck covers and cargo management solutions for pickup trucks, vans and utility bodies. LTA’s brands include ATC Truck Covers, Ranch Fiberglass, Jason Industries and LoadMaster, which are produced out of two manufacturing facilities in Elkhart, Indiana and Ottawa, Kansas. LTA Manufacturing’s products are offered through their national dealer base with more than 500 locations across the country.

 For more information, contact LTA Manufacturing at 800-983-2787 or visit

Pittsburgh poised to invest $1.4 million for high-tech snow plowing system

Pittsburgh is poised to update its online snow plow tracking program with a new global positioning system, officials said Wednesday.

City Council unanimously approved a three-year, $1.4 million contract with Minnesota-based Quetica LLC in a preliminary vote. A final vote is expected on Tuesday.

The company will provide fleet tracking, route optimization and navigation services for about about 120 plows.

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Time Limit for Removing Snow??

Time to break out the snow shovels.

With the first snowstorm of the season making its way through the Front Range on Sunday, Boulder residents once again are being reminded to clear their sidewalks of snow.

Boulder requires residents to shovel their sidewalks 24 hours after the snow stops. The National Weather Service indicated the last recorded snowfall was at 1:54 p.m. Sunday, which means residents have until 1:54 p.m. today to clear their sidewalks.

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Why Weather Apps Are Bad for Snow Contractors

Leading up to a potential snow or ice storm there is much preparation that needs to be done. Knowing the weather forecast is one of the most important things to stay on top of snow fighting.

Will My Smartphone App Tell Me What I Need To Know About the Storm?

It’s 2018 and information is right at our fingertips. Smartphone weather apps are one of the most popular sources of forecast information these days. They are generally okay for deciding if you need to wear a jacket or keep the umbrella handy, but when it comes to making business decisions, that’s another story.

Weather apps are bad for snow removal contractors to rely on. They are rarely accurate and consistent when it comes to predicting wintry conditions. Most weather apps are driven by a singular source of data from one computer forecast model. These weather models normally suffer biases, meaning they display solutions that are too warm, too cold or maybe too moist. These biases often lead to showing storm tracks, timing, and accumulations that are inaccurate.

Weather Models are for Meteorologists, Not Weather Apps

Many times computer weather models show crippling blizzards that never end up happening in real life. Weather models are supposed to be used as guidance and tools for meteorologists. The data that you see on your weather app is normally not quality controlled by an actual human being, let alone a meteorologist.

Are you frustrated by ever-changing forecasts on your favorite weather app? It is likely costing you time and money because you are getting inaccurate information. If you check the forecast for an upcoming storm five times during the day, you might get five different forecasts. That makes for very low confidence in what is actually going to happen!

Personalized Weather Consulting Delivers Exactly What You Need!

Partnering with a weather forecasting or consulting service might be a great decision that saves you time and money. A company like Neoweather can send you detailed information on upcoming storms so you know what to expect. Have a trusted weather forecast source means snow contractors can better plan schedules, save money on resources and have quicker response times.

Don’t rely on Siri with business decisions on the line. Partnering with a private weather forecasting service can give you peace of mind. Neoweather clients can call or email weather questions 24/7 to create the best plan of attack against snow and ice.

Minnesota plow trucks delayed due to stop in prison labor programs after officer death

STILLWATER, Minn. – The MnDOT snowplow fleet will likely feature fewer new trucks this winter. The reason? Safety improvements at the Stillwater state prison.

The death of a corrections officer inside the prison this summer has caused a big change in the state’s inmate work program, which is now having a ripple effect at MnDOT and even the DNR.

MinnCor Industries, which has provided metal fabrication within the prison for decades, has announced that Stillwater inmates will no longer be producing those products.

A Department of Corrections spokesperson tells KARE 11: “We evaluated our offender work programming and determined light assembly activities to be better suited to the security level of the facility.”

“We know the human toll,” said James Grebenc, MnDOT Snowplow Fabricator Supervisor. “I know the guys at MinnCor, I know a few of them there, it’s tough on them.”

But MnDOT also had to quickly move on. Though there is no danger of a plow shortage this winter, it could mean fewer new ones make it on the road in time for snow removal.

“We do 57 trucks a year,” said Grebenc. “It takes roughly 6-8 months to build a snowplow truck. Realistically, we won’t see these trucks out on the road until next spring.”

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Why move the snow when you can roll it? The snow rollers are a fantastic part of history

In a wooded area behind Peacham’s war monuments stands a small barn, long known as the roller barn. It is unremarkable in appearance except for its exceptionally wide double doors. It was built in the late 19th or early 20th century to store Peacham’s snow rollers when they were not in use.

From about 1888 until 1938, snow rollers, hitched behind teams of horses or oxen, were used to pack down snow on Peacham’s roads to keep them navigable. Before that time, snow removal was left up to the locals who used teams of horses or oxen to trample down the snow or drag anything that could push the snow aside: a sled, a bough or a log.

The birth of snow rollers

The advent of snow rollers seems to have coincided with legislation in 1886 giving the state control of major roads and providing financial aid to towns to maintain them. The town purchased the rollers and contracted with local farmers to take responsibility for maintaining roads in each school district. The pay was minimal. The Peacham Annual Report for 1903 records annual payments for rolling and shoveling ranging from $13.20 to $52.80 per driver. In the 1923 Auditor’s Report, the highest payment was $158.20.

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Giraffes and Elephants Welcome Snow in South Africa – Really – This is True! Not fake news

Travelers to South Africa were treated to an unusual sight earlier this month, as they got a chance to see wild animals frolicking in the snow, after an unexpected storm. Most people on safari would expect to see creatures like giraffes, elephants and antelope in the sunshine, over the grassy plains and arid landscapes that we associate them with. These creatures flourish in the dry heat of the country, but a freak September blizzard saw them playing in the snowfall.

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