Warm Weather Affecting Business

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM EDT

(Western New York) A mild winter season has now turned into a very warm March, and for some local businesses, it is having a big effect on their bottom line.

In Ellicottville, ski shops, which are usually open until the middle of April, are now closing for the season.

Holiday Valley has shut down its ski slopes and is now focusing on getting the golf course open.

HoliMont Ski Result is still open, but it is expected that snow will melt off quickly over the next few days due to the record temperatures.

On the other end of the spectrum, ice cream stands are doing big business.

"March has been unbelievable for us. It has been a great season so far," says Keith Anderson, owner of Anderson's Frozen Custard.

Heating and air conditioning businesses saw a drop in furnace repair orders during the winter months.

"The weather never stayed consisently cold which means systems weren't breaking down," adds Brian Ritter, President of Zenner & Ritter Heating and Cooling in Buffalo.

However, temperatures near 80 degrees have customers turning on AC systems and calling for service nearly 6 weeks early.

"Usually it is closer to the month of May when people start turning their systems on," comments Ritter.