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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 - 10:00 a.m.
For Immediate Release

BCEO PREPARES FOR SEASON'S FIRST WINTER STORM

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 www.bceo.org.

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