Chicken Little here, reporting that the sky is falling. Or at least that snow is expected to fall from the sky in large amounts this winter, according to recent extended weather forecasts. It's reported to be a snowier and colder winter, very similar to last year's.


If last year's snowfall amounts overwhelmed your back or your snowblower, consider a snowplowing service. They are not cheap. A friend who used one last year started with a per snowfall service each time it snowed. That works well enough if you watch weather forecasts and can give a 2-day notice. If you wait until the snow flies, you may be shut out if the business is overwhelmed.  At Uptown Lawn and Snow service, a Minneapolis resident with an average lot would  be charged about $48 to $58 per snowfall for a residence with a 2-car driveway. The higher amount is if you live on a corner lot.


If you want continuous service from November through April, Uptown Lawn charges $1,056 or $176 a month. Call around to get several bids if you'd like to find something for less. Click on this list of Better Business Bureau accredited snow removal services to start.

Today the Blind Squirrel daily deal site is offering 50 percent off deals from Blizzard Plowing in Little Canada. the offer is only good for homes in Ramsey County and Oakdale, St. Anthony and Columbia Heights.

1. $20-$25 for plowing a single 2-car or 3-car driveway (up to six inches of snow) once.

2. $99 for plowing a driveway the month of December 2011 (regularly $199). 

Who's used a snow service and would like to share your experience and costs?

And by the way, isn't it great to not have snow in the Twin Cities forecast yet?