Halfway through winter, will the salt last?

By Erika Mahoney

February 3, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring will not arrive early this year.

If you're disappointed with the prediction, maybe this will help -- winter is halfway over.

The very snowy season ends on March 19. That means there are nearly 44 days left to push through.

Some wish it was far fewer.

"Oh yeah, I wish it was over now," said Tim Fettinger, a heavy equipment operator with the Town of Union.

The Northeast has been battered by snow this season, and temperatures have gone up and down like a yo-yo.

A storm moved into New Jersey just as the Super Bowl, and its 50-degree setting, moved out.

The Twin Tiers has had its fair share of shoveling and scraping, and another storm is in the forecast for Tuesday night.

"I think we've been using a little bit more salt, because we have been doing a lot of thawing," Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak said. "Recently, as you know, everybody in the area was going a little bit on the low side, but this shipment has recently come in."

There are 3,000 tons of salt in the Town of Union salt barn, getting the town back on track for future storms.

Sotak said there are about 240 miles of road in the Town of Union, which requires 120 tons of salt. The salt costs approximately $38 per ton.

"From the beginning of this season to present, we've probably used about 3,500 tons," Sotak said.

Salt also packs the city of Binghamton salt barn.

"Right now, we are in very good shape, we'll continue to get salt as we need it," said Gary Holmes, Binghamton Commissioner of Public Works.

It wasn't so in early January, much like the town of Union.

"We were very concerned about how much salt we were left from last year, with that first storm. We immediately took action to order more salt, and thank God we got some deliveries during that storm."

Town of Vestal Supervisor John Schaffer said he remains concerned about the next two months. He said the town has already used two-thirds of its funding for salt.