As winter Storm Jonas moves over the region and piles on the snow this weekend, Laurel residents have options for clearing sidewalks and driveways that don't include picking up a shovel.
Ms. Honey Do, a woman-owned and operated company, is one of several local home improvement businesses offering snow removal for residents.
Co-owner Patricia Hinrichs said that, if the storm drops the predicted two to three feet of snow, her company will charge between $50 and $75 for removal services. The exact price depends on the size of the area a customer needs cleared.
The National Weather Service predicts 8 to 12 inches to fall over Friday night, 9 to 13 inches during the day on Saturday and an additional 2 to 4 inches on Saturday night.
As of Friday evening, Hinrichs and co-owner Christine Altman were encouraging customers to wait until Sunday to have their driveways and sidewalks shoveled.
"Right now, with the wind, if we're using the snowblower we'll turn around and it'll look like we didn't do anything," said Hinrichs, who is retired from the military. "So we're telling people to wait until the storm is over, unless someone really has to get out before then -- they can let me know."
To contact Ms. Honey Do, call 240-456-0260. Below is a list of other companies offering snow removal for Laurel residents:
•Mr. Fixer: 301-601-1739
•Pure Quality: 240-550-5459
•The Handyman: 202-910-1832
• Rolando Handyman: 323-896-6110
Residents can also sign onto snowcrew.org and request assistance from neighbors.
Those who do pick up a shovel should follow these guidelines courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.
•The Snow and Ice Management Association recommends clearing snow every few inches to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the sidewalk or driveway
•Push the snow to the side instead of lifting it, in order to exert less energy and place less stress on your body
•Stretch before heading outside to shovel to warm up muscles and prevent injury or fatigue
Residents with storm-related questions can call the City of Laurel Emergency Operation Center at 301-725-5300.