Baltimore County spent $15 million on storm-related costs this winter

It has been a long winter for Baltimore County residents, and an expensive one. Baltimore County spent more than $15 million on storm-related costs from the 19 storms that hit the Mid-Atlantic this year, according to a Baltimore County website.

The 85 inches of snow this year made it the winter with the highest snowfall totals recorded in the last 15 years, according to data released by Baltimore County Department of Public Works.

The first day of spring arrived March 20, just two days after a winter storm unloaded between four and seven inches of snow on the county.

That made the total snowfall recorded this winter greater than the 84 inches recorded in 2010, the year of "Snowmaggedon," according to snowfall totals collected by Baltimore County.

"In an active season as we've had this year, it's impossible to state if it's the last," said Howard Silverman, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service Baltimore-Washington forecast office on the possibility residents adjusting to this week's 60-degree days will see more snow.

County-provided data shows 123,165 tons of salt were used at a price per ton of $54.77 in fiscal year 2014.

The most expensive storm of the year blanketed the area with one to two feet of snow between 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14, and cost $2,192,238 for snow removal. Snowfall lasted until 10 p.m. Feb. 15 and cost an additional $486,863.

The county allotted $6 million for snow-related costs in fiscal year 2014, and the additional amount spent will be taken from the county's fund balance at the end of the year, said Baltimore County spokeswoman Lauren Byrd.

Despite a larger amount of snowfall this year, the county spent a greater amount in fiscal year 2010 on snow removal. More than $20 million was spent in fiscal year 2010, while just 94,477 tons of salt were used, which is 28,688 less than what was used this year.

About $5 million more was spent in 2010, because out-of-state contractors with heavy equipment had to be used, Byrd said.

In fiscal year 2013, the county spent only $4.2 million on the 18 storms, according to the county website.

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