Metro Prepares for Big Snowstorm - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Metro Prepares for Big Snowstorm

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By Ron Marasco

City crews were out in full force Tuesday night, prepping the streets, getting them ready for our first big snowfall of the season. We're expecting somewhere between 5-10 inches, beginning Tuesday evening.

Shoppers were also out buying those last minute tools and supplies anticipating the storm.

True Value Hardware in West Des Moines has stocked their shelves, ready for the big dump.

"We're excited about this snow, I can tell you that," said manager Todd Treese.

From shovels to ice melt to snow blowers, the store has seen a steady stream of customers bracing for the storm.

"People come to our hardware store with their problems," said Treese.  "And if we can help them move a little bit of snow, and make it so it's not slick..."

...Then Treese said, they've done their job.

Also, doing their job, the city of Des Moines.  About a couple dozen trucks have hit the streets laying down salt brine.  On Thursday morning, the plows will take over.

"If we get more than two inches of accumulation once all the routes are plowed, we'll go right into our districts or into our side streets and we'll begin to plow at that time," said Des Moines Public Works Information Officer Chuck Burrell.

The new wing plow technology allows them to plow curb to curb in just two passes instead of three.  

This will also be the first time the entire city will be plowed.  So unless you live in the odd/even neighborhoods of Carpenter, Drake, Drake Park, River Bend or Sherman Hill, you'll need to have your car off the street.

"We'll at that time start ticketing cars if they're on the snow routes," said Burrell.  "For our side streets, they'll receive two warnings, and after the third one, we'll be ticketing 35 dollar tickets."

If you want to know when the plows are coming to your neighborhood, you can subscribe to email alerts at, or receive text alerts by texting DMSNOW to 96362.  You can also receive the information on Twitter @dmdpw or following the public works department on Facebook at Des Moines Public Works.

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