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Published December 29, 2011, 06:18 PM

Area road crews ready in case of snow

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It is finally here. Within a matter of hours, some of us could see our first measurable snowfall of the season. Plow operators are preparing for that bout of bad weather that includes freezing rain and several inches of snow.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

It is finally here. Within a matter of hours, some of us could see our first measurable snowfall of the season. Plow operators are preparing for that bout of bad weather that includes freezing rain and several inches of snow.

We aren't seeing rain or snow here in Fargo yet, but just wait. Many roads in and out of town are still slick from the freezing rain that fell Wednesday night.

That's only making matters more concerning. The North Dakota DOT has 43 plows with sanders ready to go for the Southeast Region. That includes areas from Hillsboro to Casselton, Lisbon and Lidgerwood. Sand, salt, and liquid are piled up, ready to be dumped.

Three workers are on staff now and three more will take over at 7:30 tonight until four in the morning. Plow drivers have more than 18 hundred miles to cover in this region. Each worker covers 50 miles of roadway, so this will take a while to cleanup.

Bruce Nord – ND Department of Transportation: “With the snow on top of that ice, it's going to make it slipperier so a truck in the ditch isn't any good to me because then I got to get a tow truck and pull it out so they're going to take their time and it is going to take a little bit longer to get from point a to point b with that snow on top.”

Driving conditions for the most part in our viewing area are good except for those slick spots. Drivers are urged to slow down, which they have been doing the past 24 hours. For the latest road reports call 511.

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