Though snow may appear to have fallen earlier this year, so far the season is shaping up to look a lot like last year when it comes to the number of early winter storms in Campbell County. To date, the City of Gillette has responded to six snow events between Oct. 9 and this morning, beginning at around 2:30 a.m.
Compared to last year, Gillette had already had five significant snow falls in October, mirroring this season almost identically, with the first snowfall in 2018 occurring on Oct. 8, plus nine more snow days in November, followed by an additional 10 throughout December, according to information provided by the City.
In 2017, by comparison, snow was much slower to begin in Campbell County with the first snowfall hitting Oct. 30, followed by four more storms in November, and 11 in December. Looking at data for the past three years, there were 18 total snow events in 2017, 22 in 2018, and 29 more in the spring of 2019, with each storm averaging a cost of between $25,000 to nearly $30,000.
To date, the cost of the first four snow events is significantly under those figures, with the first storm on Oct. 9 costing an estimated $12,500, including labor, equipment, and materials. The storm on Oct. 20 was estimated at just over $4,000, while the next two snow events between Oct. 26-28 cost Gillette an estimated $17,300 and $18,830, respectively. Information is not yet available for the last two snow events, including today.
“The cost of each event is dependent on a number of factors, including wind, the type of snow, how heavy the snowfall is and the air and surface temperatures,” Geno Palazzari, communication manager for the City of Gillette, explained. “So far this year, they [snow events] have been relatively minor.”
To follow the progress of plows and other equipment during snow events, residents can view real-time information on the City’s GIS web application.
Data provided by the City of Gillette.