donald wrote:I really despise pushing snow into piles in car parks. It is just sooooo pointless. If snow was that bad that folks can't get around a car park then they'd not have got to the car park in the first place.
It just won't melt and disperse there now for ages when piled in big lumps, it will be properly iced for weeks now, long after the cold snap passes and the snowing has stopped.
The dynamics are different in places that get a lot of snow repeatedly. The thing about deep snow is, if it keeps getting driven on it compresses and then that compressed snow can turn to ice. It's sort of like forming a glacier. More snowfall, more driving, eventually you have a thick icy layer with humps and ruts that is very hard to drive on and very difficult to remove. Yes you can use cinders or chemical melters and they sometimes do, but customers rather don't like walking through several inches of dirty/salty slush when things begin to melt. So the entire mess gets piled up. I remember sometimes these piles would get to be nearly the size of a house and would last into June.