Colder than average temperatures and snow flurries have sanding trucks working overtime.
Sand is rolling out of Bismarck Public Works by the bucket full.
Keith Glass is the Supervisor of Roads and Streets for the city of Bismarck.
Glass says in a typical winter by now they would have applied 2000 tons of sand to the streets.
He says this winter, roughly 5000 tons of sand have been used.
(Keith Glass / Bismarck Roads and Streets Supervisor) "The cold weather is one thing and the every other day type of snow fall that we have been getting. The years that we get snow and we can go out and plow it and the streets are clear. This year, there for awhile with snow every other day with snow, we were out and in. So we are just constantly applying more product on."
In Mandan, more sand is also being used.
Public Works Director Jeff Wright estimates more than 2500 ton has already been applied to the streets.
He says they typically budget for 3000 tons a winter.
(Jeff Wright / Mandan Public Works Director) "We have been able to surplus some salt/sand from previous years. We have about 2000 ton we figure left. So we should be in pretty good shape, but every time we get an inch here of snow, that's what goes out is the sanders. we have been called out quite a bit this year."
Both Glass and Wright would like to remind drivers to have patience and to give the plows and sanders extra room on the road.