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* News Release *
Monday, January 4, 1999 -- 1:00 p.m.
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that conditions on County roadways have improved dramatically since the first major snowstorm of the season began late Friday night. All roads are open and passable; however, motorists should continue to utilize caution and watch for icy patches. As temperatures fall toward zero tonight, any wet or slushy areas may re-freeze and become hazardous.

Some blowing and drifting snow has been reported by BCEO snow and ice control crews, mainly across north-south roads in the western townships. Motorists in Oxford, Reily, and Morgan Townships should be extra careful, particularly on rural and remote roadways that carry little traffic.

BCEO snowfighters have been plowing and salting Butler County roads non-stop since 9:30 Friday night, spreading approximately 850 tons of salt since then. Our drivers have estimated snow depths ranging from six inches in the County's eastern half to around nine inches in western regions.

Salt supplies are in good shape with several new shipments arriving at the Engineer's Office this morning. No shipping or shortage problems have been reported by salt suppliers.

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