The Butler County Engineer's
Office is preparing this morning for the season's first major
winter storm. Crews have been pre-treating hills, curves, and
bridges with a layer of salt since 8:30 a.m. and should be finished
by noon. All fourteen snow and ice control crews will then be
placed on standby if the snow has not yet begun to fall.
Forecasters are predicting
three to six inches of snow for Butler County. Accumulations
could be higher to the north and less to the south where the
snow is expected to mix with freezing rain and sleet. Significant
icing is predicted along the southern fringes of the storm.
The BCEO has approximately
4,000 tons of salt on hand. Crews do not anticipate having to
use much calcium with this storm as temperatures are expected
to remain above 20 degrees. Liquid calcium is utilized to improve
salt's effectiveness in colder temperatures.
Motorists are reminded
to please be especially careful and courteous when driving around
salt trucks and snow plows. For more information about BCEO snow
fighting efforts and winter driving tips, please visit the Snow & Ice Control page here on
# # #