Monthly Archives: September 2019

Snow Contractors Rave About Snow Plow News!

Now we don’t want to sound cocky, and hopefully you know us well enough after 15+ years to know that we don’t outright boast very often… But we thought it’s important to share what industry leaders are saying about the benefits they get from advertising at Snow Plow News (SPN) and from using the news we share. We work hard to update you nearly EVERY DAY with the latest snow and ice management news, forecasts, services, product reviews, snow jobs, and dealer/supplier contacts.

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Will the Welder from Xtreme Fabrication is well known for his reviews and advice. This time he kicks off a discussion on advertising in Snow Plow News and highly recommends it. Then snow industry leaders chime in like Joe Bonnell of Bonnell Industries, Andy Saltzman of Buyers Products, and Tom Brewer of Sno-Way. SPN has generated traffic and results that matter to these advertisers!

What Does Snow Plow News Do?

Snow Plow News has been bringing a ton of services to the snow & ice management industry for more that 15 years. We are your exclusive source for original snow industry videos covering everything from forecasts to plow reviews and new product releases. We also blog nearly every day to give you facts from a wide selection of dealers, manufacturers, industry suppliers, and meteorologists. At SPN you can also access a dealer directory, supplier directory, plower forecasts, job listings and classifieds.

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MAJOR Temperature Changes on the Way

The variation in temperatures and forecasts across the U.S. for this weekend and into next week are incredible. You could say Mother Nature has a bit of a spit personality! This weekend kicks off with unseasonably warm temperatures across the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Southwest. We’re talking weather in the 80’s and no major cool downs at night. In fact, it’s dry and unseasonably warm across most of the Lower Midwest and South and it will stay that way in the South into next week.

So the BIG news is the cold, cold, cold Pacific Northwest temperatures and 3 FEET of snow expected in parts of Montana and portions of Idaho. We aren’t just talking about a little snow flurry – this is a crazy early season snowstorm that will be accompanied by record-breaking low temps and snow accumulation of 8-24 inches in many areas Friday through Monday. Windy conditions will blow the snow around as well. If you are one of the lucky snow contractors in this area, I’m guessing that you are already prepped and ready to rock and roll!

As that storm moves across the U.S. into the Upper Midwest and Northeast it turns to rain, but the cold persists in its path. We’ll see a cool down of temperatures all across the North, while temps in the South and Mid Atlantic area stay much warmer.

Will Winter 2019-2020 be Cold?

Future forecasts from Neoweather built specifically with snow and ice contractors in mind will address long range forecasts with multiple long range weather updates. In addition, a winter preview forecast for snow contractors will be coming soon! Watch for this in the coming weeks!

Neoweather 9/26 Weather Forecast Map

If you run a snow and ice contractor business, there’s no better investment to make than in a custom weather service. Private forcasting provides you 24/7 insight that matters to YOUR business, and industry-specific weather forecast information so you can be better prepared for a storm! Make sure you have the right staff, equipment and ice melt products ready for the next storm! Contact Neoweather to find out about how they can improve your ROI with customized private forecasting services!

Early Winter Storm Hitting Montana this Weekend!

Historic winter storm with dangerous conditions predicted for Montana this weekend

It’s time to take winter weather preparation seriously if you are located in Montana. The U.S. National Weather Service and private weather forecasting services like Neoweather are predicting a early-winter snow and ice storm will hit large parts of Montana Saturday morning, September 28, 2019 and Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow, dangerous winds and blowing, record cold temperatures, hazardous travel conditions, life-threatening backcountry conditions, downed trees and power lines, and damage to crops based on extremely cold temperatures.

The storm will actually begin Thursday, but will intensify and do most of its damage on Saturday and Sunday. Areas of Montana and the Rocky Mountain front are predicted to get 8-12 inches of snow and the valleys are predicted to get 1-2 inches of snow by Sunday morning. The valley snow falls may seem minimal, but because it’s so early in the season, this will be considered a historic storm. The real dump will be in the Marias Pass area with as much as 30 inches of snow!

Now is the time to consider better forecasting tools!

Let sudden and unexpected storms like this be a reminder that private weather forecasting tools customized for YOUR business and service area are essential and cost-effective. This storm was predicted by Neoweather well in advance. They have the snow removal business in mind when they put together their forecasts and detailed reports.

Just one storm like this in your snow removal service area will make Neoweather forecasting pay off! Having customized, updated, and accurate information helps you prepare with the right staff, equipment, and salt supply. Contact Neoweather today!

Weather Apps are for Amateurs

Weather apps are fine when trying to decide if a picnic will get rained out or not, but when your business relies on accurate weather forecasting, it’s simply not enough. Snow contractors need to have accurate, detailed forecasts from experts who focus on the issues that really matter for their business. That’s where a service like Neoweather comes in. Neoweather provides 24/7 accurate private forecasting that focuses on YOUR snow operation and YOUR coverage area.

Private Weather Forecasting for Snow Removal Companies

With incredibly accurate, custom forecasting that focuses on your service areas, you can be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. This will help you stay ahead of the storm on supplies, staff and equipment scheduling. And most importantly, it will help maximize your productivity and profit margins! All forecasts are broken down into great detail by the hour to anticipate temperature, dew point, percipitation, and snowfall amount. Reporting also includes wind updates for every 3 hours, impact details, forecast confidence details, snow/ice details, and other details too. You won’t just know when snow is coming and how much, you will know the type of snow that’s falling and all the details needed to choose what product to use to combat the storm. Neoweather even includes recommendations for salt, plow and pre-treatment.

Neoweather Private Forecasting - Makes Weather Easy

The other nice thing about a private weather forecasting service like Neoweather is that they don’t expect you to be a meteorologist – they break down the forecast for you in a way that is not only understandable, but applicable to your business. They know you don’t have time to sort through information and make predictions, so they do it for you. Partnering with experienced meteorologists that customize forecasts for your industry and geographic area increases safety, customer satisfaction and profit!

Wind, heat, rain and SNOW this week – Plower Forecast 9.17.19

It’s truly a week of mischief in the weather world this week. The United States weather forecast includes tropical storms, wind, rain, heat and you guessed it – even some snow! Watch for all the details!

This week brings a new tropical storm into the U.S named Imelda. It is just entering the Houston area and dropping significant amounts of rain. Hurricane Humberto is still on the outskirts of the east coast, but not close to land so the coast should stay pretty dry as it continues to move further away.

Areas of the Midwest are seeing some scattered storms and rain, pushing east. But most of the East will stay pretty dry this week, especially the Southeast. Temperatures will be above average in the Midwest and East.

The big news for our Snow Plow News friends is a dip in the jet stream in the Upper Rockies and Northwest. That cold core low pressure center in the Northwest may produce some snow this week.

9/17 Snow Plowers Forcast

Review of Farmers Almanac Winter Weather Forecast

Brisk, Polar, Cold, Frosty, Freezing, Icy, Subzero, Bitter, Glacial, Siberian Winter Hype. Sometimes these terms are thrown around by The Farmers Almanac and Old Farmers Almanac. Their job is to sell copies and that can come at a price for accuracy. 

The Farmers Almanac is calling for a very cold winter this coming year across almost all of the United States. They mention a “Polar Coaster” of brisk conditions in some areas. Frequent bouts of Canadian air will slide into much of the nation with just short respites of thaws. 

Their competitor – The Old Farmers Almanac- also favors a fairly widespread cold winter, but they are not as aggressive in their outlook. The common theme with both publications is an active weather pattern with many storms. 

Both almanac’s have forecasts for few day periods going out to several months in the future. Even using advanced computer forecasting models and the latest meteorological technology this is not possible. So, do the Almanac’s have the magic touch to predict the future? 

They use tactics developed in 1818 which have since been adapted into a formula. “The formula takes things like sunspot activity, position of the planets, tidal action of the Moon, and a variety of other factors into consideration,” the Old Farmers Almanac says. 

The mathematical and astronomical formula behind the Farmers Almanac takes into consideration “things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the Moon, the position of the planets, and a variety of other factors. The only person who knows the exact formula is the Farmers’ Almanac weather prognosticator who goes by the pseudonym of Caleb Weatherbee. To protect this proprietary and reliable formula, the editors of the Farmers’ Almanac prefer to keep both Caleb’s true identity and the formula a closely guarded brand secret.” 

The accuracy according to independent studies is similar to flipping a coin (around 50%). There’s a lot of cool information and entertainment contained in the Almanac, but it’s probably not the best source for a forecast months into the future. 

Meteorologists use a mix of climatology, ocean and atmospheric temperature and pressure patterns, plus advanced computer models to predict seasonal outlooks. The accuracy is not 100%, but there is more reliability in general trends based on proven correlations across the globe. 

Graphic of ENSO Temperature and precipitation anomalies for each quarter of the year.

This winter we believe a neutral El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) pattern will occur. This means close to average temperatures along and near the equatorial Pacific Ocean. A negative EPO (ridging and warm temperatures near the Gulf of Alaska) also appears likely. These setups normally cause warm weather in the western United States with big cold swings in the Plains and Midwest. 

NOAA/NESDIS SST Anomaly Image 2 Sept. 2019

There are many factors that still need to show themselves, but perhaps the Almanac will get SOME areas right. Neoweather will have a preliminary look at the winter forecast coming mid September.

ASV Introduces its RT-50 Posi-Track Loader

ASV Holdings Inc. introduced their new compact RT-50 Posi-Track loader this week and it should be ready to ship spring of 2020.  This new track loader is meant to complete their lineup, filling in the gap between their RT-40 and RT-65 track loaders. 

One highlight of the RT-50 is it can carry more weight (1400 pounds operating capacity) than tractors similar in size among its competition (often only 1000 pounds operating capacity).  That extra 40% carry capacity means you can get more done with the RT-50 in tight spaces than units of similar size.  The unit is light enough to be transported on a trailer pulled by a half ton truck.

Justin Rupar, ASV’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, shared, “The new RT-50 fits into a size class our customers were asking for.  We’re excited to offer the machine as an extremely versatile compact track loader for its class. The RT-50’s size and capabilities will make it very attractive to both existing and new ASV customers. It offers exceptional value to a wide range of industries due to its groundbreaking design and performance features, allowing operators to complete tasks in places other machines aren’t able to.”

The unit has a high ground clearance allowing you to get through rougher areas that may include logs or large rocks.  It has a high pin height, too, so you can load small dump trucks with this lighter weigh machine without needing to resort to a larger unit.  Another plus is the hydraulic coolers with large lines allow for better cooling capability with high flow.

ASV tells us that its undercarriage design allows for a lot of pushing power on steep inclines in slippery conditions suggesting that it would be a good piece of equipment for snow removal.  We know a lot of you, like us, will be skeptical since the weight dispersion from tracks often makes it harder to push wet, heavy snow.  Many people prefer snow tires on their skid steer to get as much downward force as possible on the rubber touching the pavement for maximum grip.

If you would like to learn more about the ASV RT-50, you can check it out at:

Buyers Products has an “Insane Selection of Lights”

Will Fries at Xtreme Fab shows off a small sample of lights you can get from Buyers Products.

To keep people safe, most snow contractors install amber lights so people can easily see where you are at work.  And where is a good place to find amber lights for safety?

If you go to the lights page on the Buyers Products website, you are going to find over 100 different options for various lighting needs.  You will find DOT lights, snow plow lights, and of course, the amber safety lights that are going to be the right addition to your rig.

Buyers Products Amber Light Bar

While you are at it, you can also check out Buyers’ options for flood lights and spotlights, which come in handy while working in the middle of the night.  Eye fatigue from working all those hours in the dark with poor lighting can leave you physically and mentally exhausted, so make sure you are using as much light as you can.

One of the benefits of Buyers, and the industry’s, move to LED lights is you can really trip out your rig without putting much of a dent in your electrical draw.  The hydraulics on your plow take a lot of power, so it is nice to know your lights won’t be a burden on your battery.  High quality LED lights will also last a lot longer than the older bulb styles, saving you money in the long run.

Why is Snow Plow News the Place for Your Snow Plow Research?

Snow Plow News is not only the leading digital news source for the Snow and Ice Industry, we also offer research tools no one else has.

One of our most popular tools is a snow plow comparison that works across brands.  Sure, some of the manufacturers have a plow comparison for their own plows, but there is no where else that you can get a comparison between a Western, Fisher, and Boss plow on a single screen in front of you.

On our news feed, you can see the latest products revealed at the SIMA and NTEA shows plus products that are introduced between shows.  You can also find other important industry announcements, keeping you up to date on what is going on.

Ever have a hard time finding a dealer?  Tired of going to multiple places to look-up dealers for different product lines?  We have a snow plow dealer look-up tool that includes dealers for all of the major brands.

You can also check out our weekly forecasts and use a tool that will tell you about what kind of snow to expect.  Do you want to look-up snow storms coming your way that will be over 2” without getting the small storms making the results muddy?  You can get that information about halfway down our winter forecasts page.

There is a reason we have over 50,000 people following Snow Plow News.  Snow Plow News is run by folks who have been in the industry for decades.  We love the ice and snow industry, and that makes all the difference in the world.

Labor Day = Order Your Snow & Ice Removal Equipment

Bonnell Plows mounted on a truck

It’s Labor Day, and that means, its time for you to order your equipment. Why is September the right time of year to order your equipment?

Sno-Way 26V Snow Plow for 1/2 ton trucks
  1. Most of your season contracts should be signed by now, or if not signed, you should know pretty well by now who will sign. With an estimated amount of business, you can review your equipment list and determine what needs to be replaced and what you need to add to your line-up.
  2. It’s a lot easier to inspect your equipment when its warm out. Some of you might say “I can do it in my shop,” but inspecting your equipment in full sun can reveal small issues that will get worse during the plowing season, issues that are harder to see with less light but are found easily in full sun.
  3. Some of the best deals (such as this snow plow sale for up to $1000 off a v-plow that fits a 1/2 ton truck) are found this time of year. The manufacturers want to offload the inventory they have built up all year and they don’t want you to choose “those other guys.”
  4. October Snow Storms do happen. You can’t afford to wait until October because by the time you realize an early snow is coming, you will get stuck at the back of the line during one of the busiest install periods of the year.
  5. You are guaranteed to get what you want this time of year. Snow Plow manufacturers often have their manufacturing schedule for the snow season locked up around September or October (and some even earlier). If you go shopping for equipment in December, your options may be limited. Have you ever tried to buy a replacement plow in January during a heavy winter? If you have, you know exactly what I mean. The pickin’s are slim and the prices are not always flexible.
  6. Most of the big contractors plan their equipment order in September. Why should you care? Most big contractors didn’t become big by accident. They have a carefully crafted schedule of what they do each month of the year and, they know getting their ducks in a row in September makes good business sense.
  7. Your SIMA says so. If you are a member of SIMA, you can open up your guide that tells you what to do when during the year, and guess what starts to happen in September? That’s right, equipment purchases.
SaltDogg MDS Series Salt Spreader mounted on a truck