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WDAY)—The blizzard over the past 24 hours left less-than-desirable, and potentially dangerous road conditions, for area drivers.

Tuesday was a busy morning for Fargo Public Works.

"We have over 2000 lane miles to cover the city. So it takes a little bit of time," said Ben Dow, Public Works Director.

After blizzard conditions, ice and snow covered most of the metro, which plows are trying to clear off.

Public Works did go out the day before to apply an "anti-ice" treatment before the weather hit.

"It didn't favor us very well. When it comes to a rain event, like the rain before the snow. It'll dilute it and wash away. That's what happens when you battle mother nature, sometimes you lose," said Dow.

Meaning, our roads are going to stay a bit slick for at least a few more days.

"Seeing slippery roads and it seems like from one year to the next, people how to forget to drive on it," said Gene LaDoucer, AAA Spokesman.

Which is why it's important to remember three things before you get into your car.

Leave earlier than you would normally.

"Be aware of changing road conditions. They can change from one mile to the next," said LaDoucer.

Avoid using your cruise control and, give yourself some space from the car in front of you.

"Increase stopping distance, normally three to five seconds on good roads. Now we're taking 8 to 10 seconds," said LaDoucer.

no matter what the road conditions are... if you're traveling in the winter, you should always have an emergency kit like this."

Which should include items like jumper cables, warm clothes and a flashlight.

"Try to be as safe out there as you can. We don't want anyone rolling into the ditch or anything like that," said LaDoucer.

Mother Nature may have a mind of her own, but taking the initiative to be more cautious could save your life this winter.

You can buy a fully stocked AAA emergency kit at the Sanford Safety Shoppe for around $50 dollars.

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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