Clevelanders skeptical about mild winter predictions

Clevelanders skeptical about mild winter predictions

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Clevelanders say mild and winter just don't mix in these parts.

"You think it's gonna be a mild winter? No, no, no, no, no. It's already here," said one man.

The National Weather Service and AccuWeather both predict it will be warmer than average this coming season. Forecasters even say we'll have below-average snowfall thanks in part to El Nino in the Pacific Ocean.

But those in the city of Cleveland aren't taking any chances.

"We're gonna prepare for the worst and if it's better than we'll be okay. But we're gonna prepare for a Cleveland winter," said Michael Cox, director of Public Works.

Cox says the city is ready. It's upgraded the fleet with 21 new trucks, hired almost 100 seasonal drivers in addition to the regular crews, and has 20,000 tons of salt on hand.

Cox says a mild winter would be a dream, not the reality.

Cleveland's last two winters brought brutal cold with lots of lake effect snow. Clevelanders say it would be nice to get a break, but remain skeptical.

"I really don't think that a mild winter in Cleveland is possible. I've been here my whole life and it's always been really bad," said one Cleveland native.

"I'm used to it. I'm a Clevelander. I'm used to 8 feet. I'm cool. I just make snow angels and have snowball fights," said Clyde Johnson.

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