St. Clair Public Works Director Jason Ivie said that as long as Mother Nature and Old Man Winter don’t continue to gang up on St. Clair for an extended period of time, the city’s salt and cinder supply should be adequate.
With another potentially powerful winter storm on the horizon for late Saturday through Monday morning, Ivie told The Missourian this week that St. Clair has about 25 to 30 tons of salt on hand and is guaranteed another 50 tons of it to be delivered any day.
“We purchased 200 tons of salt for this winter,” Ivie said. “We had 150 tons delivered and have used all of that minus the 25 or 30 tons left. With the other 50 tons coming, we should be all right for the rest of the winter — provided that winter doesn’t travel into mid or late April.”
The city also has 100 tons of cinders stockpiled to use to treat city streets during inclement winter weather. Ivie said about 75 to 100 tons of the substance have been used in conjunction with the salt so far this winter.
“We’re hoping Mother Nature eases up on us a bit in March,” Ivie said. “But, I’m sure we’ll be fine.
“Our supplies are adequate.”
He said that this winter has been the worst he has experienced in recent years as far as the amount of inclement weather and the amount of work and substances needed to treat local roads.
And, more inclement winter weather is on the way.
Ivie said the city purchased 200 tons of salt before the winter of 2011-12 and the remainder of that supply was exhausted earlier this winter. The additional 200 tons was ordered when the old supply had dwindled.
He said the city gets its salt from North American Salt Co. based in Kansas City.
According to St. Clair’s snow route policy, city crews usually wait for about 2 inches of the white stuff to accumulate on roads before clearing begins. However, when streets first begin getting slippery, the salt and cinders may be brought out, especially at the busiest intersections.
That is expected to be the case this weekend.
The National Weather Service out of St. Louis issued a winter storm watch Friday morning for Franklin County.
It stated that a wintry mix is expected to arrive Saturday evening with sleet and freezing rain expected. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
On Sunday, sleet and snow is expected with accumulations up to 5 to 8 inches. There also is a possibility that freezing rain will accumulate on area roads, making driving conditions hazardous if not nearly impossible.
On Sunday night, there is a 90 percent chance of snow lingering into Monday morning.
Highs over the weekend are forecasted to be in the low 20s on both Saturday and Sunday. Lows are expected to be about 20 degrees on Saturday night and about 10 degrees on Sunday night.
Winds could gust up to 20 mph during the period.
As of midday Friday, the NWS was stating that issuing the watch means inclement weather “is possible.”
Individuals are encouraged to stay off roads during inclement weather if at all possible.
When removal is needed, city crews follow a designated snow route. That route includes:
•Springfield Road to the city limits.
•Bardot Street to Edgar Murray Elementary School.
•South Main Street and Virginia Mines Road.
•North Main Street and Kitchell Avenue.
•Paul Parks Drive, Treva Lane and Plaza Drive.
•Wagner Industrial Park.
•Crescent Lake area entrance.
•Sarah Jane Street entrance.
•Carl Street and Highway 30.
•Orchard Drive and Commercial Avenue, Sincox Street and Commercial Avenue, Mosley Avenue and Commercial Avenue and Grandview Street and Commercial Avenue.