Brace yourself, winter is coming

By Ryan Ottney

November 13, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

NEW BOSTON — The county woke up to the first snowfall Tuesday morning. Although there wasn’t much accumulation, it is a reminder that winter is on its way. New Boston Village Administrator Steve Hamilton said the village is ready with more than 200 tons of salt available for roads.

“We just got the salt truck out last week and went over it all. We gave it a tune-up, and checked all the line connections and the oil,” Hamilton said.

When heavy snow falls in the village, Hamilton said the police notify him to inspect the roads and call out salt trucks. The first places they hit, he said, are the hills on Lakeview Avenue, and Taft, Oak and Cedar streets. Black ice also forms quickly on U.S. 52 West, next to the water filtration plant, he warned. The past few years’ winters have been mostly uneventful with very little snow. According to the Scioto County Engineer’s Office, the year-end total snowfall was seven inches in 2012, 8.85 inches in 2011, and 24.75 inches in 2010.

Hamilton said crews were called out only five times last season.

An easy winter means the village needed less salt on the roads, and was able to carryover much of its supply. As a result, the village now has 80 tons of salt available, plus 100 tons saved from the past two years, and their annual purchase of 50 tons — 230 tons in all.

“I probably won’t even have to use the stuff I’ve ordered. But this year, since I’ve saved so much, I won’t even have to pay for it,” Hamilton said.

According to the Weather Channel’s forecast, temperatures in our region are not expected to be either extremely cold or extremely warm until late in the season. Beginning in February are the best chances for extended cold temperatures and possible snow.

Kim Carver, of the Scioto County Emergency Management Agency, said the ubiquitous mobile devices are able to keep people much better informed about approaching weather.

“Just about everybody’s got a smart phone now, and the applications are generally free. You can kind of track the radar wherever you are in this mobile society we live in now,” she said.

For more weather information and alerts, visit the National Weather Service online at www.weather.gov.

Ryan Scott Ottney may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Ryan on Twitter @PDTwriter.