PRESTON – During a normal winter, the owners of Preston Snowmobile say that trucks and trailers are usually lined up bumper-to-bumper along the road outside their shop in Preston. But for the second year in a row, an unusually low – if not nonexistent – snow count has halted business right along with snowmobile registrations, meaning the road to Preston Snowmobile, along with the miles of trails in Chenango County, has been less traveled to say the least.
“It’s been terrible,” said Evalyn Blood, co-owner of Preston Snowmobile. “I knew we were going to be down this month, but nothing like this.”
According to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, halfway through the official winter season, there has only been 5.3 inches of recorded snowfall, well on pace to beat the record low for December through February which stands at 30.9 inches, occurring back in 1988-1989.
“This time it’s two in a row; it has not been good,” said Blood, who with her husband, has owned the store since 1967. “You can do all you can do. But the only thing you really need is that four-letter word beginning with S – snow.”