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Clearing Snow Before The Big Chill

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Theres just something not quite right when folks are saying near-freezing temperatures feel good.

"It was pretty nice, 35-degrees, said Cedar Rapids Resident Jerry Renfer.

"Compared to what it's going to be it's a heat wave, when I hear what tonight's going to bring and tomorrow, said Marion Eberle while she was clearing her sidewalk.

Thatll make the pesky white stuff already on the ground even harder to get rid of.

"This is the first time in several days if not over a week where we've had temperatures even near normal conditions so this is the best time to do it, said Cedar Rapids Public Works Manager Craig Hanson.

Residents normally have 48 hours to clear sidewalks and driveways after a snowstorm. With the forecast for the next week, those deadlines will be extended. But with a little work now, Hanson says itll make the whole city a little safer.

"The mailman or other service people, all of them use the sidewalks as they go and do their jobs throughout our community, said Hanson.

The goal is to get all the snow and ice off the ground now before the temperatures drop well below zero.

"On Sunday through Tuesday, the National Weather Service has already put out a winter frostbite warning, said Hanson.

Not the kind of weather to be shoveling in, but frostbite warning or not, you wont have to convince these folks too much.

"I'm going to stay indoors as much as possible, said Eberle.

"I plan on staying inside for the next few days anyway, said Renfer.

If sidewalks and driveways arent cleared, the city will ask homeowners to take care of it. If residents cant clear their own land, the city will help but with a service charge starting at $100 that covers their cost.

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