While with a week's-long string of temperatures in the 60s, it may appear that spring is already in the air. But don't let that fool you, old man winter officially won't give way until March 20, and even after that, history shows a snow storm or two isn't out of the question.
With that said, this winter has been an easy one for the most part with only a few inches of snow for local road departments to contend with.
The Akron-Canton-Airport has only recorded 17 inches of snow since Dec. 1, which is nine inches below average.
Despite the easy winter thus far, Jackson Township and North Canton are ready if it turns snowy for final days of winter.
Jackson Township has been using 19 trucks this year to contend with snow and ice to clear 406 lane mines of road throughout the township.
Jackson Township Assistant Public Works Director Victor Volpe said the township had 1,900 tons of salt total for the season. He said the price per ton was $54.97, which is down from last year.
The township did not purchase any new equipment for snow and ice this year, but the township is projected to purchase two new trucks this year to replace older trucks.
Volpe said one of the biggest challenges for the department is clearing cul-de-sacs because the big trucks have a hard time maneuvering them.
"We try to get in them with the smaller trucks," Volpe said.
Volpe said the recommended speed limit for township roads is for the best weather conditions and when it is slick motorists need to adjust their speed for the conditions.
In North Canton, the city has been using 22 trucks to clear the streets this winter.
North Canton Superintendent of City Services Jim Davis said this is the first year that all the trucks have a pre-wet system for the salt. He said it helps the salt activate faster and has been a success for the department.
Davis said motorists need to be mindful of the conditions, especially in Ohio, where it could go from temperatures in the 60s one day to snow-covered roads the next.
North Canton is known to have clear streets when it snows and some residents even joke that the streets are heated. The streets aren’t heated, but Davis said the department has put a lot of work into the process to deliver the best service possible.
"Really, instead of having a reactive approach, we have taken a proactive one and that really has helped us out," Davis said.
Davis said the department has prioritized streets, monitored the snow better and added new technology.
"Learning about new technology and always educating ourselves is the best way," Davis said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is responsible for state routes and U.S. routes that are not in a municipality.
Public Information Specialist with ODOT District 4 Brent Kovacs said salt supplies are full, trucks are in good shape and ready for whatever mother nature sends to the area.
On average, 35 to 40 trucks are used in Summit and Stark County during an average storm.
For the state, salt prices have really come down to about $30 to $40 per ton.
"Two to three years ago, we were over $100 per ton," Public Information Officer for ODOT District 4 Justin Chesnic said.
ODOT uses a wide variety of brine solutions to help treat the highways depending on temperatures and precipitation.
Chesnic reminds motorists that ODOT is not responsible for Akron roadways.
"We have worked a lot with the University of Akron and tested a lot of things," Chesnic said.
ODOT also will tandem plow as trucks from Summit and Stark County will line up and clear the entire highway in one direction and then turn around and clear the other direction.
Chesnic said drivers need to avoid distractions and slow down when conditions are slick.
Kovacs encourages motorists to download the Ohgo app for real time traffic and road condition updates. Motorists can set up a route they drive to receive push notifications if there are construction projects or accidents along the route.