Edinburgh City Council cannot use its storage site at Braehead as it is earmarked for sale and it will have 16,000 tonnes of salt stored, compared to 25,000 tonnes in 2012. Some forecasters have said this winter could be even worse than 2010, when the coldest December for 45 years caused massive disruption across the country.
Mark Turley, director of services, said in a report: "This (total store) represents considerably more than an average year's salt usage, and matches the salt used in 2011-12 year, 16,020 tonnes, although this was supplemented by nearly 4000 tonnes of grit sand.
"The city's 2200 salt bins will be replenished on a programmed basis throughout the winter with one-tonne salt bags being deployed to pre-determined locations in the event of any severe weather period."
The council is to launch its winter campaign which will include asking volunteers to clear snow and ice and paying farmers to treat country roads. About 50 volunteer "snow wardens" will get a high-visibility jacket and a shovel. They will be trained on the best methods for clearing snow and ice.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said 200 gritters are on standby in Scotland, salt stocks have been maintained and supplies of de-icers that work in lower temperatures have been increased.