COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Another blast of winter is on the way. It hits at a time when many cities around Ohio are running low on salt supplies.
"We have loaned salt to other jurisdictions along the way, but we're reaching the point now where while we can handle our own stuff, we're not going to be able to loan salt out," said Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Dept. of Transportation.
Across Ohio, this weekend's storm is expected to dump anywhere from three to six inches of snow.
ODOT has already used about 600,000 tons of salt this winter.
"Normally we would be around 300,000 tons, so we're looking at almost double what we would normally use. This has been a pretty severe winter for us," Wray said.
Wray also praised the work of plow drivers who have been busier than usual lately.
“Not many people would roll out of bed at two or three in the morning to get behind the wheel of a snowplow, load up with a ton of salt and head out onto the roadways to make sure they are safe and passable for the motoring public. But those are the people who work for ODOT and I certainly appreciate the work they do to keep our families safe,” he said.
ODOT snowplows average about 35 to 40 miles per hour while clearing snow and ice from state highways. Wray hopes you'll give them room to do their work.
"Be aware of the plows. Stay away from them. Don't try to pass. Go a little slower and be more cautious. Let us do our work and we'll all get to our destination safely," he said.