Lack of snow affecting Colorado Springs businesses

Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 9:29 AM MST
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Warmer temperatures and less snow all year are affecting businesses in the Colorado Springs area, both positively and negatively.

“You just never can predict in Colorado,” said Ben Notheis with Fisk Lawnscapes.

Notheis said his crews are normally pretty busy plowing snow this time of year, but business is down.

“For those of us who have prepared we’d like to see a little bit more on the ground," said Notheis.

The lack of snow hasn't been all bad news for businesses in Colorado Springs. Some, like the Patty Jewitt Golf Course, welcome the change.

Patrick Gentile, Colorado Springs Golf Division superintendent, said business is up 66 percent with the lack of snow and the course has only been closed eight days this golf season compared to 16 days last February.

"This is kind of a bonus month for us to have. February was a beautiful month for us," said Gentile. "Golfers have been wonderful to come out, they’ve had great weather to play. We’ve had 70-degree days and February was kind of unheard of.”

And for city road workers, no snow means they're getting a head start on spring and summer projects.

“If it’s doing anything for us, it’s allowing us to continue with our road way work,” said Jack Ladley with the city of Colorado Operations Department.

Ladley said they have paved nearly 150 more miles than scheduled this time of the year, but drivers should still be cautious because we could still see snow.

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