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With each snow flake that hits the ground, the roads become just a little more difficult to drive on.

Gary Brode caught up with Minot's Public Works Director, to find out how the city is preparing for the storm.

A winter storm is coming, according to the KX weather team, and it could make driving quite difficult.

Minot Public Works is certainly no stranger to clearing the roads of snow fall, but no matter how experienced keeping up with a constant barrage of snow has its issues.

(Dan Jonasson, Director, Minot Public Works) "Probably the biggest difficulty is, when the storm is over a two day period like they are talking, with continuous snow, you can go over a lot of these routes and in a few hours there is snow back on them again."

The city will have all hands on deck for the next few days.

Workers will be split up in two 12-hour shifts with six blades and four sanders per shift.

Public Works does have a few extra blades out to plow the hills but Jonasson says for now - until the snow begins to really come down, the crews will follow the standard snow plan.

(Dan Jonasson, Director, Minot Public Works) "We'll do the snow emergency routes, then we do the hills, the schools and then we move into the residential areas."

Just to plow snow routes, is about a 36 hour job, that's not including residential roads.

In all, The snow being packed down by traffic doesn't make it harder to clear the roads but it does add a problem for road crews.

(Dan Jonasson, Director, Minot Public Works) "It chews up the cutting edges on the blades a lot quicker, so everytime the cutting edges wear out we have to come all the way to Public Works to switch those cutting edges on the blade. We can easily go through two sets a shift, that takes time. It can eat up an hour to an hour and a half out of a shift just switching cutting edges."

For the next few days, every hour counts as the city prepares for potentially it's first big snow storm of the season.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

It takes anywhere from 84-96 hours to plow over 500 lane miles throughout the Magic City.

Due to the new additions to the city, Jonasson says it takes at least 12 hours longer to plow the city now then it did in 2006 when he first started with Public Works.

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