MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — As hot as the summer sun can be, nothing melts salt supplies quite like the cold.
On a day like Monday with temperatures in the 80′s, winter may seem far away, but thoughts of last year’s snow and cold and the resulting salt shortage are enough to give anyone a chill.
“Stockpiles are severely depleted all over the country,” says Toby Robinson with Robinson Salt Supply.
Robinson Salt Supply is one of the few places in the area that didn’t run out of salt last winter.
But with so many others running short, it’s been hard for the salt mines to replace all that supply.
“Even at max capacity they’re not to normal preseason levels,” Robinson says.
That means you’re likely to pay higher prices when it comes to buying salt.
“For us it’s going to be pretty close to the same,” Robinson says of their efforts to keep prices down for customers. “For other places it’s going to be up 5 to 10 to 15 percent for what you’re used to this time last year.”
The higher cost will also have an impact on your tax dollars as cities and townships have to pay more to stock up for the winter.
“Municipalities to cover themselves are ordering 3 and 4 times what they do early season, so that’s putting a lot of pressure on the rest of us,” Robinson says.
Robinson says his best advice is to buy now when many are thinking about the sun and not the snow and the price is still frozen in place.
“As the weather get worse and the snow starts flying and the temperature drops and supply is already tight we could see a significant increase this year,” Robinson says.