Now that the fall colors are starting to spread across the country, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind: Winter. Well, not exactly, but it should be. Two of the leading almanacs in the U.S, the Farmer’s Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac, have predicted that the 2014-2015 will be wetter and colder than average, much like last year.

While there’s no need to panic just yet, it is something that you should keep in mind this fall as you start to prepare for winter. Farmer’s Almanac Managing Editor, Sandi Duncan, warns that “Shivery and shovelry are back. We’re calling for some frigid conditions, bitter conditions.”

It’s estimated by some economists that last winter’s prolonged storms took $15 billion from the U.S economy due to lost productivity, increased costs, and decreased sales. Surely those business that were most affected will be planning ahead this year to avoid the same losses. There may not be anything you can do to stop a snow storm but having a backup plan in place can at least help mitigate any losses.

Some cities have even gotten a head-start on winter, with snowfall reported along the Rocky Mountains and in the Dakotas. Rapid City, South Dakota already received an inch of snow on September 11th, marking the earliest recorded snowfall for the city since 1888. Most of the locations that were affected are accustomed to large snow storms. Let’s hope the rest of the country is too, because it looks like they’ll be coming in strongly.

Are you going to be stuck shoveling your driveway at 5am in 10 degree weather like last year? Of course not, because Plowz has expanded its fleet and service meaning we’ll take care of your driveway while you get an extra hour of sleep.

So relax and enjoy the fall while you still can. There’s a lot of apple picking and pumpkin pie to be enjoyed between now and winter. Not to mention with the Mowz Leaf Removal service you won’t have anything to worry about this fall except football and Halloween candy.