Skip to main content

Uber-like app linking snowplow drivers and customers

  • Author:
  • Updated:

It's been a pretty quiet December for Minnesota snowplow drivers. But that's changing this week, thanks to Mother Nature and – in some cases – a newly popular smartphone app.

As we near the end of a December that could be the warmest on record in Minnesota, some genuine snow accumulation has finally hit the area with more on the way.

Looking for a way to avoid blowing or shoveling the snow from your driveway? Well, there's an app for that.

Taking a page out of Uber's book, Plowz & Mowz says it arranges on-demand snow plowing by linking customers with plow drivers looking for work. Enter your zip code, schedule a plow, and you can even get photo confirmation of the finished job. (They provide the same service for lawn mowing in the summer.)

Michael Hefferan, a plow driver whose business has signed up through the app, tells WCCO: “It’s a nice supplement to when you’re out plowing and you’re out of properties to plow. It’s also good for you name.”

This embed is invalid

North of the border, Canadians already have two similar apps available, with a third one set to debut in January, the Globe and Mail reports.

Another type of snowplow app coming into use gives drivers a chance to track which roads have been plowed. Utah's transportation department released its snow tracker this past week.

The agency's operations manager tells KUTV it should help with a common type of winter call: "We still get the calls every snowstorm. 'Where are your plows? Why has my route not been plowed! You are not out there.' "

The same concept is spreading into the Denver area.

Hefferan, whose company is called Imperial Seal, tells WCCO plowers rely on wintertime income to carry them into the summer. Rates start at $35 and are based on the time it takes to finish a job, the station says.

John Swierczek of Walt's Plowing Company tells KSTP an average season sees eight to 10 plowable snowfalls, but this is only the second in the Twin Cities.

He says the costs of equipment, maintenance, gas, and insurance all need to be covered before a plowing company is making money.

The post-Christmas storm left five inches in Duluth and up to eight in northwestern Wisconsin, while a storm poised to hit central and southern Minnesota Monday into Tuesday could drop 6 to 10 inches.

Next Up

hospital, emergency room

Woman found on side of highway after hit-and-run

The 41-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jorden Nicole Borders

Charges: Minnesota woman tortured her kids, removed boy's blood

Warning: This story contains upsetting content.

first snow

Will narrow band of 6+ inches of snow hit Twin Cities Tuesday?

The NWS says a band of 6+ inches is looking likely. It's now a matter of where.


Siblings, ages 19 and 14, killed in crash on icy MN highway

The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Saturday in Carlton County.

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 8.27.12 AM

St. Olaf football player charged after fatal crash in Chicago

The 18-year-old is accused of speeding and going the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle that may have been attempting to flee police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 7.41.18 AM

Woman 34 weeks pregnant injured by drunk driver in Cottage Grove

The 49-year-old suspected of DUI was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.


2 dead, 5 injured in Thanksgiving Day crash near Alexandria

The crash involved two people from Alexandria and five from Bloomington.


Pickup driver killed after rear-ending snowplow

The 37-year-old victim was from Big Lake.

Minnesota's best drivers battle at 'Snowplow Rodeo'

The best snowplow drivers from across the state battled head to head in the 'Snowplow Rodeo' in St. Cloud today. Drivers had to maneuver their trucks through courses and cones. The winner goes on to the regional competition in Green Bay, Wis.