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Businesses worry about lack of snow

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Businesses worry about lack of snow
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With the holidays right around the corner, many businesses are dreaming of a white Christmas. But shops that depend on a snowy winter are starting to get nervous. Owners tell our Cara Thomas they're already seeing a decrease in their seasonal sales.

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's halfway through December and usually shovels, salt and anti freeze are flying off the shelves, but not this year.

Bob Misiaszek, owner of Reynold's Hardware, said, "On a normal winter, it wouldn't matter because people would still get it, but following last year, it'll be slower until we need it. Then they'll all come in at once."

For stores like Reynold's Hardware, a decrease in seasonal sales isn't the end of the world. But for stores that depend on the sale of winter merchandise, they're getting a bit nervous about what the season may not bring.

"We need snow, we need snow very bad and that's the bottom line. Without the snow, we're in trouble," said John Sadallah, owner of Sun and Snow Recreation.

Sun and Snow recreation has been around for more than 25 years. They’re in businesses year round, selling four wheelers and boats. But about half of their sales come during snowmobiling season. And a lack of snow two years in a row is not ideal. Last year started off well, but Mother Nature got the best of them.

"We sold a lot of sleds early, but after that, no snow, so they didn't ride them, didn't use them, didn't wear things out, so the bottom line is, we need snow," said Sadallah.

So if this winter is anything like the last, it could spell trouble.

"It's not good. We'll have to see what happens," he said.

Service at Sun and Snow Recreation is doing well for now. They're getting their sleds tuned up, preparing riders to hit the trails.

Scott Warren is an avid snowmobiler.

Warren said, "We always get ready. We're going to hope there's more snow than last year and we'll keep our fingers crossed for a good year."

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