The first step towards being prepared for this year’s winter weather is knowing what to expect. Wisconsin is no stranger to harsh winter weather, and at Earth Development, our teams of expert contractors are always ready to ensure your snow and ice management plan is up to date and ready to keep your business open during the colder months.
Meteorologists play a huge role in keeping your business prepared for the winter, too. This year’s Farmers’ Almanac has yet another highly-detailed, long-term forecast that offers businesses across Wisconsin the chance to get ahead of the winter weather.
So what should we expect this winter?
What Does the Farmers’ Almanac Say About Winter 2020-2021?
The Farmers’ Almanac extended forecast for winter 2020-2021 paints a cold and blustery picture for the Northern United States. The long-range forecast suggests that there will be a long and cold winter, with below-normal temperatures throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes region, stretching across the Northern and Central Plains.
And, unlike last year, snow is very much on the cards throughout the country. While the Great Lakes will get a good amount of above-normal snowfall this year, a blizzard hitting the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states could even see Washington D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts blanketed in up to two feet of snow.
Winter in Wisconsin – What to Expect?
Wisconsin will not buck the trend this winter and is expected to take a beating with snowfall in December and January, potentially extending until March. Winter in Wisconsin is also expected to bring below-normal temperatures. That means increased risks of ice formation.
The Farmers’ Almanac also predicts above-average snowfall throughout the state, with South-eastern Wisconsin seeing the most snowfall in late December and then again in late January.
It means that businesses throughout Wisconsin should prepare for a long and cold winter, with more snowfall than usual. Preparation is key here not just for the sake of keeping your business open and maintaining good foot traffic, but for ensuring that your customers, colleagues, and clients can safely use your parking lot or enter your building via your pavements, stairs, and entryways.
How to Prepare for the 2020-2021 Winter Season in Milwaukee
That brings us to the topic of preparation.
Any business owner in Milwaukee, or any other city/region across Wisconsin, would be wise to familiarize themselves with the Farmers’ Almanac predictions and start by stocking up on salt supplies. Be sure to keep that sodium chloride in a dry, cool place.
Beyond stocking up on supplies, it’s also important to analyze your outdoor space and look for any potentially vulnerable areas. Any cracks or potholes should be of particular concern for two reasons, the first being that it is a potential tripping hazard when the winter weather arrives. Snow and ice can hide obstacles and cracks, putting you and your customers at risk.
The other thing to consider is how the freeze-thaw effect of ice and water that slip into those cracks will cause further damage to your outdoor surfaces. The longer you leave those cracks, the bigger they’ll be by the time next winter rolls around.
The best way any company in Wisconsin can prepare for the winter, however, is by hiring the help of expert local snow removal contractors. At Earth Development, we have more than 20 years of experience bringing reliable snow removal and ice management services to businesses of all sizes.
Call the team today and we’ll walk you through our seasonal plans, and the services we offer. We’ll visit your property, perform a full assessment, and come up with a custom snow and ice management plan that will keep your business open even during the harshest of winter weather.
Prepare for the winter ahead and call the team today!