The Science Behind Winter Weather

As winter runs its course, we understand the critical intersection between weather science and business operations. Precipitation types, ground and surface temperatures, and the three stages of snow removal play pivotal roles in shaping our strategies and being the best winter partner we can be.

1. Precipitation Type:

Understanding the various forms of precipitation is crucial for us. Rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, and hail each present unique challenges and require specific responses.

  • Rain: When temperatures drop below freezing, rain can quickly turn into a hazard. If surfaces are below freezing, reactive anti-icing or deicing measures are necessary to prevent accidents.
  • Freezing Rain: Among the most dangerous types, freezing rain disguises itself as regular rain until it freezes upon contact with surfaces. Vigilance and prompt treatment are essential to prevent hazardous conditions.
  • Sleet: While usually short-lived, sleet can still pose risks, especially when it precedes a warm front. Monitoring changing conditions is key to staying ahead of potential issues.
  • Snow: Winter Services embraces snow, but it demands careful management. Treating snow-covered surfaces promptly ensures safety and accessibility for clients.
  • Hail: Though not typical during winter storms, hail can occasionally occur, potentially leading to ice formation. While less common, it’s still important to be prepared for such events.

2. Ground and Surface Temperatures:

Distinct surface materials react differently to temperature changes, influencing our approach to maintenance.

  • Asphalt vs. Concrete: Asphalt surfaces heat up and cool down faster than concrete due to their composition and color. This variance affects timing and methods for snow and ice removal.

3. Three Stages of Snow Removal:

At Winter Services, we employ a systematic approach to snow and ice removal, ensuring efficient and thorough service for each stage of snow removal.

  • Pre-Treat: Proactive treatment with salt or other products helps prevent snow and ice buildup on client sites. 
  • In-Process Snow and Ice Control: As snow falls, Winter Services and our partners execute plowing, deicing, and sidewalk maintenance operations in real-time to maintain safety and accessibility.
  • Clean-Up: After snowfall ceases, we return to finalize plowing and deicing to prepare sites for the next business day. Timing varies depending on individual business hours and needs.

In conclusion, we seamlessly integrate weather science into our operations, recognizing the importance of understanding precipitation types, surface temperatures, and systematic snow removal processes. By staying informed and proactive, we ensure our clients safety and accessibility throughout the winter months.