East Coast Auto Glass Shops Battle Blizzard
December 21, 2009
With more than 18 inches of snow on the ground in some locales
and continuing freezing temperatures, East Coast glass shops are
facing several challenges as they start off this holiday week.
Roanoke, Va., received between 20 and 21 inches, and Ian Graham,
owner of Windshield Solutions there, says many areas are yet to
"[I'm] not sure how much work we'll get done, if any, this
week," he says. "With Christmas right around the corner
it will likely be a slow week anyways, so I'm not too worried about
As of late yesterday, the office parking lot from which he operates
wasn't yet plowed.
"We'll see what the rest of the week turns out like,"
Though Pittsburgh is forecast to receive more snow later this week,
currently, Rob Dent of Smail Auto Glass says they've only had about
"The phones are quiet so far," says Dent.
The fact that the snow fell on a weekend also made a difference,
"The snowfalls that occur on the weekends in this area tend
to keep people at home," he said. "We need snow through
the week to see a good increase."
Dent is hopeful about the forecasts for later in the week, though.
"Myself and my fellow vultures want a nice ice storm for the
holidays," he said.
In Williston, Vt., Karl Anderson of Anderson Auto Glass was still
hoping for a storm as well.
"As always, in the past few years, we have not gotten a whole
lot of snow as the southern states seem to get," he said. "
We need snow up here."
One shop in Fredericksburg, Va., which received approximately 18
inches, was advising customers that they were doing their best to
make it out this week, but also advised mobile customers they'd
need a heated garage in order to complete any replacements, as temperatures
are forecast to stay within the 40s and below for most of the week.
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