Cincinnati will be starting the snow season with less road salt than it would like, but things could be worse.
Public Services Director Gerald Checco told a council committee Tuesday so far there is about 16,000 tons in storage.
“We know several cities, several villages around Cincinnati that have asked us to sell them the salt that they could not procure,” Checco said. “We also are aware of entire states without salt contracts at this point. That is going to be resolved, but that is a problem that we are very much mindful of.”
Snow showers Sunday morning sent crews scrambling back out to clear roads in Hamilton County.
Unlike our television counterparts, we at WVXU don't often head out to the salt pile but reporter Tana Weingartner happened to drive past the Hamilton County Engineer's Office and caught a glimpse of the low reserves at the facility. This location has two barns, one for salt and the other for a sand mixture. Each is down to just a ring around the inside edge.
This definitely has been a colder, snowier winter than usual. Just ask the folks at the National Weather Service in Wilmington how much snow we've gotten.
"So far this winter, not including Tuesday's snowfall but through midnight last night, 20.1 inches at our official observing location at the Cincinnati Airport," said Seth Binau, Science Operations Officer at the NWS.