With each swipe of his plow, more flakes came down while the wind blew piles of snow back onto the pavement.
By mid-morning, Ray Yeoman knew he would be spending much of his day plowing a Franklin grocery store parking lot. The snow was coming down fast, and when combined with high winds blowing drifts of snow, he couldn’t get the parking lot cleared.
“Every time we make a pass, 15 minutes later it’s covered again,” said Yeoman, a driver with Williams Bay Snow Removal.
Yeoman and fellow snowplow drivers were sent to the parking lots of grocery stores and medical buildings as a priority Wednesday morning when the storm hit.
But they knew the day would be a long one. As soon as the snow stopped falling, they would head to the parking lots of businesses that had closed for the day so they could reopen today.
Tom Horton, a managing member of Lawn Troops, said his office had gotten more than 75 calls within two hours of the storm hitting.
Customers are understanding of how busy they get in a big storm, but they also get frustrated when they see their parking lot covered in snow right after the plow truck leaves, he said.
But the snow was coming down so fast, it was impossible to keep up. Drivers would clear a parking lot, and by the time they finished it was covered again. But they would have to move on to another job, he said.
“When it comes down this fast, you get rid of it, and then it looks like you didn’t do anything with it,” Horton said.
Plow drivers tried to head to bed early the night before the storm hit so they would be prepared for a long day. But with the holidays, people often are rushing around and staying up late, and that made this storm a bit harder on drivers, Horton said.
“This is a trying snowfall this year, just because it fell the day after Christmas,” he said.