Yesterday, we told you that the Farmer's Almanac is predicting a 'stinging' winter for the Midwest. (You can read about that here.)

Today, the news isn't good about road salt for the upcoming winter. According to, road agencies are seeing much higher prices for road salt this year. Denise Donohue, the director of the County Road Association, says it's a matter of supply and demand, especially after salt reserves were pounded last winter. The association says the average cost statewide will be up nearly 50 percent. The Kent County Road Commission expects to pay $66 a ton, more than double the price from a decade ago and officials in Washtenaw County are reporting an increase of at least $500,000 for the next winter.

I have two words: uh oh.