Officials in Lake Forest and Libertyville are cutting back on salt to conserve their stores in hopes it will last through the winter.
Snow showers again hit Lake County, bringing in 2 to 4 inches of snow today, according to the National Weather Service.
The area has been hit with more than 30 inches of snow since the beginning of the year, according to officials, and crews are working around the clock to clear and salt roads.
But salt stores are in short supply.
John Heinz, director of public works in Libertyville, said the village has been mixing salt with sand to ease up on their salt supply.
He said the sand seems to be effective when combined the salt.
In Lake Forest, officials are not mixing salt with anything – they're simply cutting back altogether.
Lake Forest Public Works Director Mike Thomas said crews are plowing as often as they can and are focusing their salt efforts in intersections, on hills and on main roadways. He said the city has 600 tons of salt left and is looking to order more.
He's not as concerned about snow fall at this point, he said, he's more worried about black ice conditions in the spring.
"What keeps me up at night is having enough salt for March," he said.
The Libertyville village board voted in January to put $70,000 more toward buying salt this year.
Officials in Lake Forest also voted to allow the public works department and the council's finance committee to make more salt purchases, though it is unclear how much salt will be purchased.
City documents show officials have spent $222,000 so far this year.