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Day before first snowfall 'busiest of the year' for local tire shop

Posted at 10:12 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 23:12:58-05

The salt trucks are ready and it's officially time to switch into winter mode. 

The City of Milwaukee's Department of Public Works spent Thursday laying salt brine down on city streets. 

Meanwhile in West Allis, it's the busiest day of the year for A & A Tires. 

"Everyone waits until the last minute to get their tires for whatever we might get tomorrow," said Owner Tom Dipiazza. 

He says they are putting snow tires on about 5 cars every hour and they've already got appointments lined up for next week. 

"It starts to get pretty slippery and everyone wants tires and they want them as soon as they possibly can," he said. 

Matt Granzow is one of those customers and says he knew there would be a wait. 

"This place is always busy," he said. "I knew I was gonna go nowhere tomorrow if I didn't put some new shoes on it."

Milwaukee's Department of Public Works is still in leaf collecting mode as they prepare for the first snowfall. They have more than 100 salt trucks ready and most streets already have salt brine down. 

"Please be patient and pay attention to weather forecasts leave early plan ahead and drive a little slower," said Director of Operations Laura Daniels. 

"We need everyone to partner with our public works crews by being careful," said Mayor Tom Barrett. 

City officials also reminded the public to go over Winter Parking Regulations. Posted signs take precedence and if a DPW snow removal operation is called, alternate side parking will go into effect.