Another winter storm is predicted for Iowa, and state officials find themselves low on one of the weapons used to fight snow and ice. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Winter Operations Administrator says state officials are meeting to discuss how to handle a shortage of road salt. Dennis Burkheimer says they’re about 30-thousand tons of salt short of what they’d like to have on hand to keep the roads clear. The shortage of salt has driven up the price to 66-dollars a ton — more than double what they’ve been paying. Burkheimer says they’ll know more later today what they plan to do to solve the salt supply problem. The National Weather Service says a winter storm will hit Iowa Wednesday and carry through Friday. The storm is expected to bring a mixture of precipitation from snow to freezing rain.
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