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No Snow, Bad For Business

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It may be a white Christmas, and all the white means green for area businesses that rely on snow.

But with rain in the forecast for the next few days, some businesses are getting nervous. By this time of the year, we normally see at least four inches of snow. But this year, things are a little different. Rain has replaced the flurries and seasonal businesses say the delay is hurting them.   

By mid-December, Snowstar typically has its ski lifts running, full of skiers and snowboarders. Instead, phones are ringing off the hook, "Are you open? When are you going to be open? How much snow do you have?" are the questions employees have been hearing.

The Andalusia area business normally opens its doors by December 10th, but because of the warmer weather, delayed opening this season.

General Manager Ed Meyer says they can't make up the lost time or revenue.

"On opening day last year we skied 1000 people, so there are a thousand disappointed people from last weekend and we obviously lose a lot of revenue. The revenue typically rolls into adding new things for next year. So if we have a bad year it reflects on what new we can add for next year," said Meyer.

And on the roads, snow plow services haven't plowed in any money this winter season. Many of the men clearing the streets do this in the off season for landscaping. President of Greenleaf Landscaping, John Linden, says by now he should have made over $2,000.

"It's hard to make ends meet when you stop mowing grass. Then you have to do snow to keep on going. The bills keep on coming in but the money is not coming in," said Linden.

Driving the plow runs him $80 for a tank of gas, $1,000 for winter tires, and $500 to maintain the plow. It's an expensive job when the snow isn't falling.

"I just pray and hope the snow comes soon," said Linden.

Temperatures will continue to be above average for the rest of the week.

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