With more snow on the way, officials say there's enough salt for now



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The city of Greenfield's salt-storage area has enough salt for now. Officials hope the supply holds out for the rest of the season.(Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


GREENFIELD — They have enough salt on hand to combat slick streets this week, but local road crews are hoping for some kind of break in the weather before they run dangerously low on supplies.

The National Weather Service is predicting 5 to 8 inches of snow for Hancock County by Wednesday morning. Most of that will come tonight. While street departments have been running ragged over the past month, they say they’re prepared for another round but hope snowfall will taper off soon.

Jim Hahn, Greenfield street superintendent, said he has enough salt to last another month, “unless we get multiple snowstorms back to back to back.”

Hahn, who warned the city council two weeks ago about his overtime budget running low and his cutback in salt usage, said it’s about time for a break in the weather before they run out of material.

While the first half of today should be dry, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan said clouds will roll in with snow arriving in the mid- to late afternoon. Conditions will deteriorate quickly in the evening and overnight hours.

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