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Below freezing temperatures good for business

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 19:23:54-05

There's still snow and ice on the ground in Omaha and this weekend we could see more.

"Last year it was very hot in Omaha, very limited snow, this year it's been cold," said Steve Meyers.

Midtown Mowing and Snow Removal owner Steve Meyers says he is praying for more snow.

"We expect it to snow in Omaha, there's a lot of contractors who have bought salt, plows and equipment to do this, so we expect it to snow here," said Meyers.

Meyers says business is up this year compared to last year.

"It's been a lot better, it hasn't been big snow but we will take what we can get," said Meyers.

3 News Now Meteorologist Ryan McPike says it's not the snow, but the swing in temperatures keeping those small companies busy.

"When it warms up you melt that,  then you get refreeze and then, like we have seen this week mother nature will create her own ice on the street," said McPike.

"Because it's so cold anything that condenses will freeze," said McPike.

That has Meyer and his crew re-salting and retreating for his customers at least a couple times a week.

McPike says there has only been about six inches of snow this year.

"You got to keep in mind normal amounts are about 26 to 27 inches across the city for a whole season," said McPike.

The possible snow this weekend will be the break Meyers says he's waiting for.

"When the news comes out and says possible storm we start planning four to five days before the possible storm," said Meyers.

Last year was only about ten inches of snow for the entire season, McPike is predicting more this winter.