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Greensboro, NC -- With schools closed Friday, the Triad's first snowfall of the year proved to be a day of fun for some and a lot work for others.

Dozens of people turned the side of I-840 in Greensboro into a sledding hill. Others made the tee boxes at the Greensboro Country Club their personal slopes.

For John Ellis, though, a snow days means a work day. He runs Ellis Backhoe Service, and as parking lots fill up with snow and ice, his pockets fill up with cash.

His business is normally all about construction, with only a handful of projects at a time. But on Friday, he had more clients than he could count.

His small crew of three had a big day: working from 5 .m. until about 8 p.m.

Some work started before the storm, too. Ellis says he salted some of the parking lots Thursday night so all of Friday's plowing would be a little easier.

It's a lot of effort, but the payoff is important. Clearing parking lots accounts for about 15 percent of his company's revenue during the winter.

"That means a lot for our business," Ellis said. "Our employees can have a little better equipment to work with and we can keep going."

Ellis said the industry average for clearing a parking lot is somewhere around $400 a pop, depending on size.

Here's a tip for the next time it snows: Ellis said if you want your lot cleared, you need to call someone before the snow falls.

WFMY News 2

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