Winter Operations Update: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 (Evening)
Crews are focused on keeping the roads as safe as possible with the resources available.
Forty crews are focused on clearing residential streets overnight. Crews have been instructed to plow first and then apply salt. This method helps ensure maximum benefit from the salt used. However, plowing takes about twice as long as just spreading salt.
Crews are currently about half of the way through clearing residential streets. This means there is still a lot of work to do and crews are working hard to get as much completed as possible before temperatures drop tonight. Low temperatures hamper clearing and the efficiency of salt.
Ten crews remain focused on clearing primary streets and emergency routes and ensuring they remain as drivable as possible.
This storm, as with all the previous storms we have experienced has continued to deplete our salt supplies. While we have enough salt reserves to get us through this snow event, the supply is reaching a critical level.
Crews are currently working with less than 3000 tons of salt on hand as they head into the overnight hours.
We anticipate multiple deliveries totaling 1000 tons in the upcoming week or two (approximately 200 tons per delivery).
Deliveries totaling an additional 5000 tons are expected to begin the first week of March.
This has been a record-setting winter with extreme amounts of snowfall for our area. Many municipalities, like Cincinnati, are dealing with tight salt resources. Cincinnati has been able stretch its salt supply through conservation techniques, but is also faced with only limited resources being immediately available for any upcoming snow events.
Winter Operations Facts
- Crews pretreated streets with a brine mixture as an effective treatment that conserves resources. It takes 40 gallons of brine (using 2 pounds of salt per gallon) to treat one lane mile. In comparison, it takes 400 pounds of granular salt to treat the same area.
- A salt /sand mix reduces the amount of salt used in an application, and supplements it with sand which works as an abrasive agent which adds traction. The City is using this method of snow and ice control due to the dwindling supply of salt the City has immediate access to.
The National Weather Service Forecast
This Afternoon: Partly cloudy. Near steady temperatures in the mid 20s. West winds around 5 mph.
Tonight: Snow. Snow accumulation less than an inch. Lows around 20. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of snow 80 percent.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries in the morning. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds around 5 mph...becoming northwest in the afternoon.