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Lack of snow worrisome to winter businesses

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EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Business owners who thrive on snow may have to wait a little longer before real winter weather arrives.

The owner of Central Property Services in East Hartford said his 18 plows are waiting to hit snow-covered roads.

"We've had as little as 10 or 15 inches for a season, and then we've had up to 120, 130 inches for a season," said Chris Miner. "So you never know."

Miner said that while other maintenance services are carrying them through for now, he hopes the new year will bring some frozen precipitation.

"We haven't had any rush to get it ready so we've just been kind of taking care of other projects," he said.

He said his plows remain tucked away at his business.

"There's a lot of contractors, including myself, that are now starting to feel the effects as the winter snow loads aren't there yet and our seasonal help is coming to an end," Miner said.

Miner said his business ha survived warmed winters like this before. However, the last one that he can recall was 20 years ago.

The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association said some oil dealers are feeling the strain as well. It does expect prices to rebound.

Consumers, however, are enjoying record-low prices. The statewide average for a gallon of oil is $2.12. Last year, it was $3.08.

For now, the CEMA's members are faring ok because customers are investing in maintenance and more energy efficiency.

"If we don't get cold weather that would be an extremely freakish situation, so that will come [and] sales will go up," said David Chu, director of member services, CEMA.

Miner said he's also maintaining a sunny outlook.

"[It's] one thing we can't control," he said. "We just have to take care of whatever is delivered to us and we'll make the best of it."

Eyewitness News will have more on this story tonight starting at 5 p.m.

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