Snow Plow Crews Prepare For Blizzard

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM CDT

With Strong gusty winds, over a foot of snow and freezing temperatures forecasted, area snow plow drivers may be in for a couple of late nights.

Trevor Roy was at MNDOT Wednesday to see how they are preparing for this possible blizzard.

October, 31st 1991, record snowfall totals hit the Twin Ports... March of last year, a massive snowstorm cripples Duluth and Superior effectively shutting down both cities, this year's big storm seems to be on our doorstep and as usual MNDOT plow drivers are prepared and excited to keep area roadways clear.

"We'll be out there all our employees will be out there doing our snow plowing services and we'll have all 190 employees working. We'll have all of our plows deployed, snow blowers deployed"

Bray says that plow drivers go through a lengthy training and certification process and when storms like this blow through they are anxious to hit the roads.

"Our plow drivers are trained have the best equipment, we have the most highly trained operators, there up to anything that could hits us weather wise"

Even though the plows will be clearing the roads throughout the storm, Bray says the best thing for motorists to do is just use common sense.

"I would recommend no travel at all, unless it's absolutely essential and I mean absolutely essential not just for fun. Stay home it's not worth going out and getting into a crash. It's not worth putting yourself in peril which you would be doing if you went out into a major blizzard"

Trevor Roy The Northlands Newscenter.

Bray says that while motorists should stay home during blizzards, conditions will never be bad enough for the plows to be taken off the road.