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Communities Around U.S. Facing Road Salt Shortage

Winter weather continues to leave behind a mess across the country. And now some communities are running low on road salt.
Winter weather continues to leave behind a mess across the country.  And now some communities are running low on road salt.

It's starting to sound like a record stuck on the same note.  More snow is falling in the northeast this morning.

This is the same system that dumped as much as a half-foot of snow on the winter-weary midwest.
"I'm getting tired of the snow.  Aren't you?"

Dangers rise as the snow falls.
A shortage of street salt in several states led to icy roads and scenes like this near St. Louis.
"Pretty much freefall.  Just started sliding down the hill.  I had no control over it," says driver Michael Lewis.

And fire hydrants looked more like snowmen.
"Fire happens and you can't find a fire hydrant, you don't want to have anyone's house burn up because you can't find a fire hydrant," says Robert Dronitsky with the West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania Department of Public Works.

Monday night, volunteers joined firefighters in a Philadelphia subrub to dig them out ahead of Tuesday's storm.

The snow fall in New York isn't expected to be heavy - one to three inces.  And then comes the words most have been longing to hear...a warmup is on the way.

Temperatures in the Midwest and Northeast will start to climb into the 40's and 50's this week.  Welcome news for most, but a concern for some.
"I see that it's warming up drastically, which means all of this snow is gonna melt, into the rivers, it's gonna cause problems, and it's gonna rain too,"  Michael Najjarpour of Elgin, Illinois.

Some in Elgin, illinois have already got sand bags ready to go for when the melting begins.

The winter storm has affected air travel as well.  Since December 1, airlines have cancelled more than 75,000 domestic flights.  That's the most since federal authorities began tracking this statistic.




(Marlie Hall for CBS News)


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