It’s hard to forget the heavier snowfall and colder temperatures that overtook the nation from December all the way until March. The entire country, especially the northeastern region, experienced above-average snowfall. According to weather reports, the 2013-14 winter season was the third snowiest winter in Pennsylvania.
Last winter, Philadelphia received a total of 62.3 inches of snow, which was a 314 percent increase from its normal average. Likewise, Pittsburg saw a 159 percent increase; New York experienced a 239 percent increase; and Washington D.C. received a 230 percent increase.
Last year’s heavy snowfall had a profound effect on the nation’s economy, because many businesses were simply not prepared. Most consumers remained indoors and many businesses could not open. According to one CNN report, the harsh winter put a damper on output and sales. The manufacturing, auto and service industries, as well as ADP employment, were among the many areas that were negatively affected.
The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another harsh winter for the upcoming season. A large portion of northeastern states can expect to experience a colder-than-average and snowier winter. The south part of the region, including Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia, and states along the coast are expected to be hit the hardest. However, snowfall is predicted to be below normal in New England.
“As we look at last year’s heavy snowfall we can see how it put a huge damper on our economy. Meteorologists are anticipating more heavy snowfall for this winter, so it’s important that businesses take the necessary steps to prepare,” said Tammy Smith of Trailer Superstore, an online superstore that sells new and used trailers, snow plows, and accessories.
“By taking the proper steps, businesses will be prepared to continue their business operations during and after the storms so they don’t lose out on sales.”