WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Warmer temperatures lately might be pleasant for some, but for businesses that rely on the snow, it takes some careful planning.
After nine years in the landscape and snow removal business, Justin Lopez of A&A Lawncare has learned a thing or two.
"It started out strong, but now we've been very light."
One of those things is how to prepare for unusual weather patterns, like the warmer temperatures we're seeing.
"We try to keep, in essence, a piggy bank, like a reserve." said Lopez.
Lopez says the first snow of the season has helped to hold them over for now.
"When you get a snow that is at that amount and that heavy, that snow can last you for about a month long of work," said Lopez.
Since December 1, Rockford has had less than an inch of snow. That's quite a drop, considering the average, which sits right around 13.3 inches.
"The snow sucks this year; we haven't had any," said Fish's Services owner Anthony Williams.
Williams' business has taken a hit as well.
"It's a little stressful, but at the end of the day, it's the off season, so right now we're trying to prepare for the spring."
If there's anything these business owners know, it's that you can't live paycheck to paycheck when you rely on mother nature.
"We're hoping some snow comes sooner rather than later, because now we're already in January," said Williams.
Williams says he is using this time to take classes and learn new techniques so they can pick up more skills to use during this 'down' time in the future.