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Published October 03, 2012, 06:11 PM

Winter storm watch has Fargo snow plows prepared

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You might want to dig out the shovel tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the northern Red River Valley and throughout North Dakota.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You might want to dig out the shovel tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the northern Red River Valley and throughout North Dakota.

Kerstin, some areas of the state could see a lot of snow overnight, while others might not get any.

But in the Fargo area, the snow plows will be ready just in case.

Preparing for the first snow of the season always creates a flurry of activity at the Department of Transportation.

This year, it has come a little earlier than usual.

Crews spent the day attaching plows, preparing sanders, and testing equipment.

Chris Myhre, NDDOT Section Supervisor: “We're getting stuff ready for no matter what comes.”

The Weather Service forecast shows most of the activity north of Fargo.

But City of Fargo crews prepped their plows, knowing anything can happen.

Ben Dow, Fargo Public Works Director: “Usually the first snow makes things all icy and stuff.”

Public Works director Ben Dow says if road temperatures don't drop below 40 degrees, the chance of ice freezing to the road is slim, but they will keep an eye on that as conditions change.

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