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Published December 13, 2011, 10:50 PM

Mild weather providing a break for some businesses

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thanks to these low precipitation levels some workers are getting a break from what normally would be a busy time of year. They're enjoying the mild winter weather, but know their business will soon be booming.

Thanks to these low precipitation levels some workers are getting a break from what normally would be a busy time of year. They're enjoying the mild winter weather, but know their business will soon be booming.

At this same time last year, State Farm Insurance Agent Derek Christopherson's winter weather claims were coming in constantly.

Derek Christopherson – StateFarm Insurance Agent: "Getting thrown into those winter driving conditions we often see a significant flux of claims."

But now, cars cruise on smooth, ice-free streets, and there's less winter-weather accidents.

Derek Christopherson: "Winter conditions that can catch you off-guard, the dry ice, the black ice."

Christopherson says the relaxing break is bittersweet.

Derek Christopherson: "This type of weather we are seeing we are most likely going to see a significant amount of increase in our claims activity which is going to force us to go to work in a hurry."

Autobody shops are seeing similar slower trends. Some say they're just waiting for the winter weather.

Dave Olson – Collision Experts Owner: "It's like I say, its quiet, or getting quiet."

Collision Expert's quiet shop is a sign of this season, but they did get a surge after our mid-November snowfall caused 42 crashes.

Dave Olson: "There has still been some accidents this winter, you know, nice weather people are out more I think."

These blasting buffers show business is still steady, but it could be better.

Dave Olson: "It's not uncommon to have 5 - 6 weeks of work scheduled, where we don't see that right now."

For these business owners, breaks are a blessing, but they hope this winter weather waiting game will end soon.

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