Corridor communities prepare for weekend snow storm

From road crews to residents, communities across the corridor braced for one of the bigger storms this winter. Ice melt and shovels went out the door in large numbers at the Marion Mendards.

Crews across the corridor prepared early Friday for the first significant snowfall since November. In Cedar Rapids, they were ready for the first real snow accumulation all winter.

Salt, sand, and brine is on hand at the city’s yard outside the City Services Building. They’d started brining Friday morning and continued throughout the afternoon ahead of the weekend storm. For bigger jobs, trucks were outfitted with blades.

Across the corridor it was much of the same, as crews got a jump start on prepping for the winter weather.

“First thing this morning we started out spraying the roads with salt brine,” says Eric Fisher, the City of Coralville’s streets superintendent.

Two up to five or more inches were expected in communities like Coralville; towns along I-80 and farther south were expected to get the most snow.

“Early morning hours, just have a few guys come in taking care of the mains when we have low traffic,” Fisher says of their plan for the overnight accumulation.

The extended storm means they'll have an early start Saturday, likely beginning around 1 a.m. and working several continuous hours to keep up.

“Two to four inches isn’t bad, but it’s going to be kind of a long, drawn-out storm which can become an issue,” Fisher says.

In Marion, road crews aren't the only ones prepping.

“I've seen a lot more people preparing for the snow this time," says Rick Giese, the assistant store manager of the Menards there.

With what may be the start of a real Iowa winter, shoppers are stocking up on the winter supplies they've so far been able to do without.

"We're selling a lot more salt, we're selling sand in the tubes, shovels, brooms,” Giese says. “Haven't seen the snow-blowers go yet, but that usually happens once we get a lot more snow."

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