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COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the first frost of the season hitting the county less than a week ago, many find it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.
Tuesday evening brought the seasonâ€™s first snow showers, and Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.
While Tuesday nightâ€™s flurries didnâ€™t amount to any accumulation, this yearâ€™s Farmerâ€™s Almanac is predicting a â€śbitterly coldâ€ť winter â€” â€ścold, wet and white.â€ť
Nonetheless, Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh said his department purchased street salt and is ready for whatever the season may bring.
The city had a substantial cost savings on this yearâ€™s purchase. Typically, the street department buys 500 tons of salt, but because there was a surplus of 200 tons from last season, the city only had to buy 300 tons.
After a long summer drought, last winter stayed mild for a substantial amount of time, with many people still going to the golf course and mowing their lawns in November.
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