Mpls. Spending Less With No Snow Emergencies This Year

The city said it has spent about $2.8 million less on snow and ice removal so far this year compared to the first three months of last year.

With far less snowfall than normal this winter season, the City of Minneapolis has spent about $2.8 million less on snow and ice removal so far this year than it did during the first quarter of last year.

The city announced Wednesday that with weather forecasts predicting above-average temperatures through the remainder of the month, it is optimistic that Minneapolis will go the entire season-which officially ends April 1-without a snow emergency for the first time in 25 years. The last time this happened was during the winter of 1986-1987, when there was 16 inches of snow, the city said.

However, since Minneapolis budgets by calendar year, the impact that this year's mellow winter will have on its finances won't be known until the end of 2012, the city said. It had budgeted approximately $9 million for this year's snow and ice control procedures. Approximately 22 inches of snow have fallen throughout Minneapolis so far since the start of winter. There was also sleet and freezing rain that required crews to be out plowing and treating streets, the city said.

Last year, the region experienced one of the snowiest winters ever with 86.6 inches of snow and a total of eight snow emergencies. As a result, the city exceeded its snow and ice control budget within the first three months.