Indianapolis is poised to save millions of dollars in salt costs if the mild weather continues. In Indianapolis, the Department of Public Works spent $2.8 million on snow removal from November through Tuesday. The department spent almost $9 million during that time frame last winter. A typical winter dumps about 18.5 inches of snow on central Indiana. Last winter, the area got 37.4 inches. This year to date the total is only 6.9 inches.