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With so little snow, that feared salt shortage isn't here – yet

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Even as recently as September, officials were worried about road salt.

Last winter, with the frigid cold and mountains of snow, the state used up a huge chunk of its road salt stockpiles. Fearing a similar cold season, there were warnings about availability or high costs.

Last month, the Press of Atlantic City reported salt mines were scrambling to keep up with the demand in 2014.

That's not really an issue though if you don't have much snow.

The Winona Daily News reports some local businesses say if the light winter continues, they should get through it with only what they have saved up right now.

This could change of course. In 2014, some of the biggest snowstorms came in February, a month we're still more than a week away from.

The business owners told the paper frequent downfalls, or snow that keeps coming in April, could mean they have a problem.

Winter activities also impacted

The lack of snow has also hurt some people who like outdoor winter activities.

KSTP reports ski trails, for example, are suffering because there hasn't been enough snow to groom them. But ski resorts managed to build up a base of snow early and are in "decent" shape.

For a look at the conditions of ski or snowmobile trails, check the DNR's snow conditions website.

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