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Published January 23, 2010, 07:52 PM

Plows Out In Full Force This Weekend In Grand Forks

Today's storm made the streets in Grand Forks slushy and slippery. Plows were out all day trying to keep up with the snow.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Today's storm made the streets in Grand Forks slushy and slippery. Plows were out all day trying to keep up with the snow. Keeping the roads clear is no easy task. When a storm like this hits on the weekend it can cost $8,000-$10,000 a day in labor and equipment costs. It will be a busy weekend for snowplow drivers, who will be working around the clock trying to keep the streets of Grand Forks safe to drive on.

Mark Aubol/Streets Superintendent: "We'll plow through today getting all the mains and secondaries and then tomorrow morning we'll start at midnight tonight with our crew and they'll go through the whole town."

Crews will be called in as they are needed this weekend, as plows will be out all weekend. So far this storm hasn't brought large amounts of snow or ice, it's brought wet snow, freezing rain, and slush.

Mark Aubol: "It's a little more fuel consumption for the equipment to push this heavier, wet stuff."

Unlike drier, powder snow, this snow can be more difficult to plow because it's heavier, slushier, and wetter.

Mike Morrow/Senior Equipment Operator: "This is really wet and heavy, it takes a little longer to do it. You just gotta keep packing away at it."

And pack away they will, as they try to stay ahead of the falling snow. But Aubol says people will need to be patient and let plow drivers do their job. He says they should be aware of the plows and drive carefully.

Mark Aubol: "If you see plows working try to stay away from that area if you can, get your cars off the street, that's always beneficial."

People are asked not to dump any snow from their driveway into the street, since this will make more buildup for plow drivers.

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