How Wednesday's Snow Affected Businesses

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Wednesday's snowstorm is no longer a threat to Valley neighbors, but it still caused problems for some people Thursday afternoon.

For Bob Wease, owner of Wease Auto, scraping snow from the cars for sale is nothing new.

“Every year we have to get out here and clean the cars. It's a job for about a day and a half, but it works out,” said Wease.

Wease's business relies on people looking at cars to buy and he tries to clear the snow as soon as possible when a storm passes through.

Clint Depoy works at the business next door and removed snow with a plow at Wease's store.

“It's fun for the first couple of hours. Then it starts turning into work, but we have the equipment, and we like to help people out,” said Depoy.

He scraped driveways and roads and he said Thursday's workload kept him busy.

“It's a real heavy snow; it doesn't push real good until it melts a little bit. I'm thankful it's not ice. If it was ice, we'd just be sitting at home waiting for it to melt.”

Wease agreed that frozen surfaces were a concern.

“The problem is when you get seven, eight, nine, 10 inches of snow, then it rains and freezes. That's the hard part, it really is,” said Wease.

Wease said car sales usually fall in December.

“What you do is just try to make ends meet. January it starts picking up, February, March. It really gets good around the first of the year.”

People like Depoy help him open faster.

“I'm so grateful, it's unbelievable. He's got that little tractor there, and it can just go into spaces where a big old truck can't go. It's really nice to have him next door,” said Depoy.

Wease hoped to have everything clear by the end of the day on Thursday.

“It's a job, but we all work together and get it done,” said Wease.

Wease said he's sold cars for nearly 40 years in the Valley and he's seen several snows worse than this one. That is what helped him prepare for this snow storm and other storms we could see this season.

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