CLEVELAND- Ohio's relative lack of snow so far this season has been a boon to state and local government agencies saving on road salt, but the state's ski resorts are hurting.
Multiple media outlets report that the Ohio Department of Transportation has used 20,000 tons of road salt in the final months of this year, just a fraction of amount needed during the same period in 2010.
Across the state, most areas have seen a very mild winter so far, with little or virtually no measurable snow.
That saves governments money not only on salt, but on overtime for workers and vehicle expenses.
Meanwhile, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports some ski resorts in northern Ohio have had to stay closed, while others have struggled to make snow in the warm temperatures.