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Published October 26, 2010, 04:49 PM

GF Plows Prep For First Winter Storm

The Grand Forks street department is ready for the winter work to come early. Grand Forks Street Supervisor Mark Aubol says he has people in place to make sure the streets remain passable if storms bring a lot of snow.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour whipped around the all-day rain. And as the temperature drops, rain is expected to turn to snow, which means the roads may need some work.

Grand Forks Streets Superintendent Mark Aubol says they're ready.

Aubol says he has tweaked the schedule to make sure they have to manpower to operate plows if needed. There was just some last-minute maintenance going on at the city garage before the snow flies.

"First part of October: pulling things, starting things checking fuel, checking levels, making sure everything is ready to go," Aubol said.

Aubol says while the plows are shiny and in good shape, it's the people on the wintry roads that might be a little rusty.

"The first storm is always the toughest because of the motorists along with the equipment operators. Everybody has to get reacquainted and see what the weather is going to bring and how to react to it," Aubol said.

Because the temperature of the roads will be above freezing, Aubol says the first flakes will melt.

The city says they will treat this first storm like any other, and responds to the conditions as they change.