Significant snow and ice can be a part of a Riverbend forecast all the way into April, but local highway department heads are keeping their fingers crossed for a mild winter. Last Thursday was the first time most departments had to roll the salt trucks and plows, and if that trend continues, that could add up to big savings.

And that, says Jersey County Highway Engineer Tom Klasner, could mean reinvestment of the money saved.

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Madison County Highway Superintendent Gary Stalhut says at $48 a ton for salt, they have saved plenty of money this year as well. Last year, 14.7 inches of snow fell in January, 6.5 inches fell in February, and 7.5 inches were recorded in March. With last week's official 1.8 inches of snow, this winter season has racked up a total of 3.8 inches.