Sioux Falls Street Crews have been preparing since mid-October for the inevitable winter weather.
Officials say they will be sending out 43 crews Tuesday morning. The city is broken up into 18 snow districts, with two sanders per district. They start with emergency routes and then move to secondary route before going to residential.
While it may be second nature to crews, driving in these slippery and snowy conditions isn't always an easy task.
"The main thing is that this first snow, people always drive like it's summer and they may not realize that the black surfacing might be a little bit slippery when they want to come to a stop, so again everybody just has to get used to the fact that we are in the winter season now and drive cautiously and give yourself more time," Streets Manager Galynn Huber said.
Their budget that accounts for January to December is around $7.2 to $7.3 million for snow removal in the city of Sioux Falls.
"We budget for one snow event in November and two snow events in December. So it certainly isn't unheard of for us to have a big snow event in November. It's just that we have been spoiled a lot and haven't had that kind of snow in November," Huber said.
Huber adds, based on what they have spent over the last five years, on a yearly basis that amount of money should get them through an average winter.
Traffic engineering has five cameras set up throughout the city and they can have access to real-time street surveillance to determine their plan.
"The cameras out here are a valuable tool for us to watch how the streets are reacting to the chemical we are putting down, the temperature of the street roadways and the outside air temperature. So we can keep an eye on how are chemicals are working." Street Department Supervisor Dave Muhmel said.