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Published December 29, 2011, 09:08 PM

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GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Snow has finally arrived. Though it's nothing significant, the Grand Forks area got about an inch and a half of snow Wednesday night.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Snow has finally arrived. Though it's nothing significant, the Grand Forks area got about an inch and a half of snow Wednesday night.

There wasn't much of a clean-up, but it might be a sign that winter weather is finally settling in.

Rather effortlessly, Randy Storey is clearing the inch or so of snow from his neighborhood sidewalks.

"Going to have to do the deed for the neighbors," Storey said.

Like Randy, those who had to breakout their shovels for the first time this season were not complaining.

"Had to come sometime. We knew it was going to be here sooner or later. We knew we couldn't go all winter without it," Tim Marynik said.

The city of Grand Forks will hold out for more snow before it brings out its fleet of plows.

"I can't remember the last time we didn't plow in the month of December," Grand Forks street superintendent Mark Aubol said.

And that has meant more money for a rainy day fund. Last December, the city paid out about $40,000 to clear snow.

"We are not running the equipment or burning up the overtime. It's a big saving to the city," Aubol said.

So how just how much of the white stuff has to fall before the street department takes action?

"Every snow event is different. If it comes with wind and we need to get out and deal with it. We need to get out and get some areas cleared off. If it just dropped straight down like it did this time we will just sand and watch the forecast," Aubol said.

Aubol says with a couple more inches of snow expected Thursday night, crews will likey be back in the snow business.

"Tomorrow we will hit it and plow the whole town rather then get rid of this and knowing we are going to have some more," Aubol said.

And if that's the case, you'll find Storey resuming his winter deeds.

"Snow is here to stay, a couple of months anyways," Storey said.

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