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Crews prepare for Milwaukee's first snowfall of the season

Posted at 2:23 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 15:26:30-05

While crews are still working on removing leaves from fall, they're working double time gearing up for the first snowfall of the season. The Greenfield Department of Public Works has eight trucks out spraying in preparation for the first snow. 

"We're anti-icing right now," John Laskowski, Superintendent of Public Works for the City of Greenfield said. "Doing the main streets. We'll be ready to go and on call by 3:30 in the morning."

They have 110 lane miles of road to keep clear. They have plenty of salt from last year on hand but this will be the second year they use a salt brine to pre-treat the roads. It's effective, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.

"The brine is just water and salt, sodium chloride granules," Laskowski said. "It's all organic. It's beets. It's sugars. It's water."

Residents are gearing up too. The last bit of fall cleanup continued Thursday morning for some. In another 24 hours, the chore will become a lot more difficult.

"It would be a lot worse," Tim Raymond said. "A lot colder and my hands would be frozen like icicles. It's going to happen. We live in Wisconsin. It's inevitable."

The remaining leaves won't be impacted by the snowfall in Greenfield. Laskowski says because less than two inches is expected, they won't have to transition leaf trucks to snow trucks. Everything should continue without disruption.