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Iowa City Prepping for Weekend Storm

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Much of Eastern Iowa is gearing up for this weekend's winter storm.

Public works employees in Iowa City spent most of the day getting trucks and sand prepared.

Iowa City was on the south end of last night's freezing rain so they didnt have much to worry about, but there's no escaping this weekend's winter storm.

Except for some ice here and there the roads are pretty clear out here in Iowa City but things are about to change.

"We started our day with a conference call with the national weather service to get the best information and what they are predicting are 4 to 8 inches of snow," said Iowa City Public Works Director, Rick Fosse.

That's why crews are prepping trucks and sand.

In fact, an action plan is already in place.

"Once the storm begins, we'll stay focused on our arterial streets and remain focused on those until the storm begins to subside," Fosse said.

The city is not the only one planning ahead.

Drivers looking to visit family for the holiday are also trying to beat Mother Nature.

Like Sandy Taber who left Indianapolis for Des Moines today.

"We started off at 55 degrees in Indianapolis which was really nice and then fog and rain and once we got in Iowa we had slick roads," she said.

She says all that is still better than the hassle of driving in a snow storm.
Others agree.

"I've been watching the weather channel. It seems like it's going to clear up eventually if I get far far enough west...I'm just going to keep going and take my time," said Rick Hall who's driving to Colorado.

The city would like to ask residents to avoid on street parking.

They say it helps the snow plowing crews.
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