What to Expect in the 2020-2021 Winter in Ohio

Ohio businesses know just how much trouble bad winter weather can cause. Without proper preparation, any company can fall victim to reduced foot traffic and major, long-lasting disruption.

The first step to building a snow maintenance strategy that keeps your business open in the winter is knowing what kind of weather to expect. Ohio businesses can learn from the Farmers’ Almanac, which provides historically reliable long-term forecasts. And, with the expert meteorologists assisting Earth Development teams throughout the state, you have all the resources you need to be prepared.

Let’s take a look at the best predictions for winter 2020-2021 in Ohio.

Here’s What the Farmers’ Almanac Has to Say

The release of the 2021 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac comes with yet another hugely detailed, long-range forecast for the winter weather across the United States and Canada. For some states, not much has changed – but for Ohio, business owners are warned to prepare for a particularly cold season.

Ohio is set for a “very flaky” and “cold “ winter, with the Great Lakes region generally seeing extremely cold temperatures throughout the winter. Businesses may be pleased to learn that Ohio is not expecting any more than normal levels of snowfall, but will also be acutely aware that even average snowfall can cause problems.

The cold and flaky temperatures, however, present an opportunity for ice formation and slipping hazards. Businesses would be wise to begin preparations as soon as possible, as temperatures are expected to begin dipping in the middle of November. Until then, temperatures will remain fairly warm, with an average of 63° persisting throughout the month, which is 6° above average.

In mid-November, the sunny and mild conditions will turn to rain, before temperatures drop and rain showers turn to snow. Rain will return at the end of November, with just a slightly below average precipitation rate throughout the month, before turning bitterly cold in December.

Ohio’s coldest periods will be in late January and the beginning of February, with those frigid temperatures also extending into March.

How to Prepare for the 2020-2021 Winter Season in Ohio?

With cold temperatures persisting from the beginning of December to March, along with the arrival of snow in mid-November, businesses should act now to get on top of their snow removal and ice management plans.

There are three things businesses can do to ensure that the winter weather doesn’t catch them by surprise.

First of all, stocking up on salt and other deicing agents is always a smart move. Make sure your salt is stored in a cool, dry place to avoid it being compromised by moisture. Having this salt available is hugely advantageous in the event of a salt shortage, which is not without precedent.

The second step is analyzing your outdoor spaces and looking for weaknesses. Whether it’s a crack in paving stone, a tripping hazard, or a pothole, it’s always wise to address these problems before the winter weather sets in. The freeze-and-thaw action of ice in the winter will make cracks bigger and cause bigger headaches down the line.

Tripping hazards that may be covered by snow also pose a danger to pedestrians, and other obstacles make it more difficult for snow removal experts to effectively and quickly remove snow.

Finally, place your trust in local snow removal experts and you will reap the rewards. At Earth Development, we have teams of local snow removal contractors throughout Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and beyond. Ohio businesses count on us for pre-treatment and ice management to help avoid the formation of ice on your driveways and parking lots, and for regular snow removal.

For more information and a free consultation, give the team a call today. We’ll arrange an assessment of your property and draw up a custom snow removal and ice management plan that will get you through the coming winter.