Removing Snow Costs $1.8 Million Per Inch

NEW YORK (AP) -

It cost New York City about $1.8 million to remove every inch of snow, a report analyzing more than 10 years of snowstorms released Wednesday by City Comptroller Scott Stringer estimates.

It does not include the storm that hit the city earlier this week.

The most expensive years for removing snow were winters — like 2011 and 2014 — in which the city received the most snow. But the cost per inch was also high in winters without much snow because the city had certain built-in winter expenses.

The average snowfall is 35.9 inches. And the average annual cost for snow removal was $55.3 million.