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Published January 10, 2013, 10:11 PM

Shoppers, transportation agencies prepare for weekend weather

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The storm we've been planning for is starting to show, but it'll look different when you wake up and change again throughout tomorrow. DOT workers and state troopers in Minnesota and North Dakota are all saying they can't stress enough the danger this storm could bring.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The storm we've been planning for is starting to show, but it'll look different when you wake up and change again throughout tomorrow. DOT workers and state troopers in Minnesota and North Dakota are all saying they can't stress enough the danger this storm could bring.

DOT workers say this is the toughest kind of storm to treat - precipitation starts when it’s above freezing, and continues as our temperature drops below zero. The possibility of nasty conditions and slick roads has Fargo buzzing tonight as people get ready for what's to come.

One sound took over Hornbacher’s tonight – Beep - and you hear it over and over and over again.

It looks like the day before Thanksgiving, and just the same it's those last minute essentials that has people rushing here.

Janet Knodel – Grabbing Last Minute Essentials: “Just in case I get snowed in I wanted to get some fresh fruit and milk and stuff."

Management anticipated this, lining up extra check-out lanes. Still, no getting around waiting in line and slim pickins’ at the cart section.

Cheryl Coe – Shocked at all the shoppers: “I shop here all of the time and usually I’m used to a lot of people out here, but it's kind of busy busy tonight."

Donna Zimmerman – Gearing Up for the Storm: "The parking lot is kind of insane, but I guess we're all just gearing up so we don't have to deal with the ice and stuff."

It's a slower pace across town at the DOT - a waiting game -- their checking forecasts, trying to figure out when that rain will turn to ice. Bruce Nord has been with the DOT for 34 years. He says these types storms are the worst for driving.

It makes their job difficult. They can't lay brine because the rain just washes it away,and salt slides right off ice. They say it's a bit of a helpless feeling.

Bruce Nord – North Dakota DOT: "Any sand salt or straight salt we put out we're going to have trouble keeping on the road. We're going to have trouble keeping on the road, the trucks."

There's little the DOT can do for the morning, so ice will likely be there and if it snows later, you'll be driving tomorrow on snow covered, icy roads - a terrible combination.

Be sure to plan extra time for any commute tomorrow.

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