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Preparing For An Early Season Arctic Blast

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Wintery weather has made quite an entrance bringing with it snow, ice, rain and fog and soon plummeting temperatures will add to the mix.

 It's the first big blast and it's kicking winter prep into high gear.  The mild temperatures Wednesday gave snow plow teams a helping hand, allowing them time to prepare for the freezing weather to come.

Though quickly cleaned up, Tuesday night's snow was a wake- up call for many to get ready for the first big Arctic blast of the season.

The change in the weather as sparked a flood of phone calls to business that help people prepare for the winter such Tires Unlimited in Green Bay.

"Tire sizes, tire pricing, availability and how fast can you do it," have been the big questions says owner Troy Barrett.

Barrett says a sudden drop in temperature will cause tires to lose pressure meaning it's important to check them checked.  Low air pressure will cause tires to slip and slide more on the roads.

At True Value Hardware in Depere, owner Kelly Schattl remarks:

"This morning we've been selling a lot of ice melter, it's just kind of unbelievable!"

"Apparently hand warmers are going a little bit too this morning," Schattl adds.

Meanwhile road crews are also preparing for the deep freeze.

"We use an additive that drops the melting point for our salt, so we're pretty safe to temperatures around ten below," says Rob Freeman, Public Works Foreman for the Village of Denmark.

Their secret weapon? Beet juice. From a beet.

"Yep! It's brown, it comes in, we just mix it in," says Freeman.

This veggie helps the streets and cars stay healthy in the winter.

"It's less corrosive for vehicles because it coats the salt actually and it keeps a lot of it off the vehicles," he says.

But too much rain could wash Wednesday's street preparations away.

"Then obviously we'll have to go out again and be more aggressive as temperatures start to drop to eliminate any slippery spots," says Freeman.

Brown County Public Works has an overnight team that will be keeping an eye out for slippery spots.

Throughout Northeast Wisconsin road crews are ready and waiting, whatever the weather, whenever it arrives.

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