Where Is The Snow?

By KBJR News 1

December 12, 2011 Updated Dec 12, 2011 at 7:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - At this time last year the Duluth area had seen nearly three feet of snow...a drastic change from this year.

By this time last year there was so much snow it collapsed the roof of the metro dome.

White knuckle drivers braved the streets of Duluth.

What a difference a year makes.

"This time of year we typically see around 22 inches of snow fall. This year we are about 17 inches below average at about 4 and a half inches of snow," said Northland's NewsCenter Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson.

"Last year at this time it seems like we had two or three feet of snow on the ground...instead of nothing," said Greg Kunst with Greg Kunst Construction.

Snow plows at Greg Kunst Construction sit and wait for the snow that has yet to come this year...a sight Kunst would rather not see.

"It's very important; it's hitting us pretty hard this year without any snow on the ground," said Kunst.

With plows and salt trucks typically out and about this time of year, Kunst says snow removal does make up a good chunk of his business.

"It varies I guess it's probably about 10 to 15 percent of our total income," said Kunst.

Here at the city of Duluth operations maintenance facility there is a similar scene of trucks that are typically out on the roads moving snow and sanding and salting...up for maintenance and repairs. However here there is a different look at a lack of snow.

"It saves money in a few different ways. One it saves fuel...we don't have to run this giant fleet of large trucks and road graders hour after hour, moving snow...we also save in the amount of salt and sand we have to use," said Kelly Fleissner with the city of Duluth.

While total numbers have yet to come in, Fleissner says the savings are already apparent.

"If we were to look at a comparison to last year we would already be tens of thousands if not significantly above that in just a matter of a few weeks...comparing this year to last," said Fleissner.

Meteorologists say there is a slight chance for snow by mid week.