After several months of plowing the streets, an April snow storm is like a walk in the park for the Sioux Falls street department.
"We have had a long winter and we spend a lot of days out working and we hope this is our last one, but I said that two weeks ago and we are still working with it. But again, it's not uncommon for us to get April snow but we also get a lot of warming right after these. So, we are getting a lot of benefit from the sunlight. So, it's a little bit easier knowing that we are going to get that thermal help," Utility Street Manager Gaylnn Huber said.
Their strategy is a bit different now compared to a couple of months ago because they know the snow won't stay here for long.
"We might go with a lesser amount of chemical; our sanders are set up to put out a certain amount of pounds per lane mile. And when we get these spring and snow storms like this we can sometimes put out less chemical because we know again that the temperatures are going to warm for us," Huber said.
But when a storm hits, they'll be ready.
"It's basically going to be a de-icing event. We'll have the sanders out as the snow accumulation becomes more prevalent as far as the amounts go. Then we'll probably gear into a larger operation where we'll bring in the motor graters and the contractors," Huber said.
Huber says they're predicting this snow storm will be a lot different than what they're used to dealing with in the dead of winter.
"One of the things about these late snow storms is that they are usually wet. There is usually a lot of moisture in them and that can pose some issues for you if you pack that wet snow down. Then that can get kind of slippery for you, so we will have to watch that for sure. But those other logistical things about storing snow and picking up snow is something that we don't really have to worry about this snow storm," Huber said.