Severe winter weather costs billions of dollars

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Every time we have a snow day or a bitterly cold day, the economy loses money.

CNBC says winter weather can cost the national economy billions of dollars because restaurants and shops are forced to close their doors during a severe winter storm.

Many people stayed home and off the snow-covered roads Wednesday.

Kevin Thomas of West Springfield said, “I love to cook. I’d stay home. We’d have a hearty breakfast, just enjoy the day.”

Renee Hamilton of West Springfield told 22News “Throws it off to a different day when it’s better out there for driving. Not worth getting hurt.”

However, the next day was a different story. With full dining rooms and full parking lots Thursday, restaurants were back in business after a snowstorm crippled their midweek sales.

On Wednesday, with most of the snow falling in the morning, many western Massachusetts restaurants opened at 3 or 4 in the afternoon. They missed their lunch service and served a smaller than usual dinner crowd.

Ted Newcomer, Senior Vice President of Operations at Luxe Burger in Springfield, said, “The fear of snow makes people stay home even if there is no snow. You know, there is no going back a day in time. It’s gone, so you just move on and go forward.”

This half day came after a short stretch in January, when the sub-zero temperatures kept people away.

Max’s Tavern’s general manager John Thomas said, “Most people don’t come out at all when it’s freezing cold. We had a couple days there when it was freezing cold, and business slacked.”

The restaurant managers told 22News fortunately, their most profitable days, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, have not been affected too much by bad weather so far this winter.

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