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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 seasonâs first snow showers, and Columbia Cityâs Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.
While Tuesday nightâs flurries didnât amount to any accumulation, this yearâs Farmerâs Almanac is predicting a âbitterly coldâ winter â âcold, wet and white.â
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 yearâs 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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