Farmer's Almanac Predicts Cold, Snowy Winter for Washington, D.C.
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The Washington area’s relatively mild summer this year looks like it will be followed by a harsh winter, if the most recent predictions from the Old Farmer's Almanac come true.
"It's going to be colder, wetter and snowier than usual," Old Farmer's Almanac senior associate editor Sarah Perreault tells WTOP News.
That means you should expect local snowfall to begin in November and occur in every winter month through March.
You may not see another Snowmageddon of 2010, but it looks like fall could be rather short-lived.
The Old Farmer's Almanac, which has been in the weather-predicting business since 1792, calculates its predictions based on meteorology, climatology and evaluations of weather over the past three decades.
They claim an 80 percent accuracy rate.
So, if you’re playing those odds, it’s probably best to start searching for a local snow removal company, whether for an ongoing or one-time service.
Remember, it’s D.C. law for owners and renters to remove snow from the sidewalks in front of their residences no later than 24 hours following a storm.
Here are five helpful questions to ask when talking to snow removal companies:
What Services Do You Provide?
Depending on the conditions forecast, many services are at-ready to lay down salt or other de-icers as soon as bad weather is expected.
If a snow that can't be handled with de-icing is expected, snow removal companies will plow, haul snow, and shovel sidewalks and other walkways to maintain safety.
What Type of Staff and Equipment Do You Use?
Most companies employ radio dispatchers, in addition to their snow removal specialists.
They may also have at their disposal commercial grade equipment, such as skid steers, front-end loaders, snow plows and pushers.
What Planning Takes Place Before a Storm?
Gather two to three on-site estimates so the company can plan for the precise services that may be required when a storm actually hits.
Make a plan with the provider that will best suit your needs.
What's the Cost and How Is it Calculated?
The cost varies on the market conditions of a particular area and current fuel costs.
You may be able to lock in a reasonable rate if the company expects a minimum amount of work.
Are You Covered in Case of an Accident?
Ask the company about licensing (if required in your area), check references and inquire about insurance and bonding.
You want to be protected should the company damage your home or property during the snow removal process.