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Along with state and county crews City of Toledo plow drivers are back on snow patrol, something they haven't done much of this season. But will the warmer winter we've seen be a cost savings for Toledo?

City leaders say not really because a lack of snow early in the season is often balanced out by more snow later on. Crews are geared up and ready to handle our first significant snowfall of the new year.

Ed Moore is the Director of the Department of Public Service for the City of Toledo. He says no matter when it hits, snowfall totals in the city of Toledo usually follow a pattern, "On average the City of Toledo gets 36 inches of snow on a yearly basis whether it's in November and December or January February or March."

As we get ready for another round of snow Friday night into Saturday morning  Moore says crews are getting ready to work longer hours, "If it starts during the day, the 7am crew will work until midnight, so they'll work a 17 hour shift. The second shift crew will then work midnight until noon. It's 12 hours on 12 hours off after that."

The City of Toledo bases it's snow budget on averages, but residents won't pay for it right away. More says the assessment for this year's snow won't be in your bill for a couple years, "Whatever charges we accumulate this year you won't see that billed until two years from now. We try to budget based on history."

While snow is work for some, it's fun for others. Jim Wenberg owns Mountain Man sports,"As soon as it starts snowing people come in." At Mountain Man they make a living off the great outdoors with the main focus on winter sports. Sales of skis and snowboards have been good this year, but, " The part that is down a bit in sales is clothing. With the warmer weather and the lack of snow people have been putting off those purchases, but they are going to need them now!"

If you've waited to suit up for the season, Wenberg says it could add up to savings, "As we like to say in the industry we're snow farmers, and like farmers who have to deal with everything from rain to drought, it's what we have to expect in the ski business. We're starting our sales now trying to clear out some items."

The outdoor sports that have probably been hardest hit by the lack of winter around here are cross country skiing and snowshoeing, but with more snow expected in the next couple days, there could finally be enough on the ground to hit the trails!

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