Rapid City preps for winter weather

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - Wednesday was beautiful, sunny and warm but that doesn't mean that Old Man Winter is done with us yet.

To help keep our morning commutes safer snow plow crews are getting ready for the inevitable return of blowing snow and freezing temps.

"We double checked all our equipment. We're making sure all of our pre wet systems on our trucks that we've applied and put on are all full," says Dale Pfeifle the superintendent for the Rapid City street department.

Although we got a break from the snow, crews were still out plowing residential areas, to make sure that people can get in and out of their homes safely.

"City policy we don't really have to get into residential's unless it gets over six inches of accumulation. We've got areas that we got equipment in and we're running behind them with trucks to kind of minimize the accumulation in the driveways and approaches and things like that," says Pfeifle.

The city sometimes uses a pre-wet system that makes ice less likely to stick to the roads.. but it's too early to tell if they will be able to use this mixture right now.

"If it comes in a form of a rain first, we can't pre-wet because it washes it off the street. It washes it all out, it doesn't do any good, just wasting money so we don't use it that way," says Pfeifle.

Crews want to make sure that drivers always remember, don't crowd the plow.