Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – With less than two weeks remaining until Christmas, some people are wondering where the snow has gone.
The Syracuse area has yet to see its first measurable snowfall. The immediate area has not had as much as an inch of accumulation.
For the businesses that rely on snow, such as ski destinations and plowing companies, the absence is hurting their bank accounts.
With grassy slopes bare and lacking snow, Four Seasons in Fayetteville had planned its ski season opener this weekend.
"Machines are all ready. Snow tubes are full, shop is ready to go and people are ready to come to work. We just need some cold weather and snow to get going,” said owner John Goodfellow.
Four Seasons made snow more than a week ago and covered an entire section of the tubing hill. But only a little snow remained after warmer weather swept through the area.
"We really need cold weather to make snow. We really need prolonged periods of 25 and below to make these machines work to the best of their ability,” Goodfellow said.
Affordable Landscaping and Snow Plowing owner Mike Nolan says the slow start to the year seems to be affecting how his customers pay him. This year, he has seen a shift in the number of people who have opted to pay per plow instead of at the seasonal rate.
"Customers are concerned they spent money last year and didn't get their money's worth and they're trying to buck the trend this year - most likely they'll lose out,” he said.
Nolan is relying on a return to the kind of winter Central New Yorkers are accustomed to. Last year’s was one of the warmer, less snowy winters in recent memory.
“People didn't see the snow in their backyards and that affects a lot of things. Attitude is a big thing around here,” Goodfellow said.