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Challenging day for snow plowers

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Randy Bennett's been driving a Cedar Falls snow plow for six years.

"The temperatures are supposed to drop so we want to try to get as much of the loose material off priority streets as we can," said Bennett.

For Bennett and the 22 other Cedar Falls snow clearing trucks out Wednesday, the conditions of this storm made their job anything but easy.

"The wind's kind of drifting it back over the medians, and we'll get that off. As we get further out, we'll hit some light drifting," Bennett said.

The wind also made it tough for any salt and sand they spread to stick.

"That cross wind will gather the snow, and it just sticks right to the material and it spreads so it's kind of useless in effect," said Brian Heath with Cedar Falls Public Works.

That's why crews keep a close eye on how much material they apply and won't quit putting out salt and sand anytime soon.

"We'll be busy a couple of days with this one," Heath said.

Streets will also be plowed over and over again from top priority roads, down to residential streets.  It makes for long days for drivers like Randy Bennett.  But in the end, all the hard work pays off by making the roads you drive as safe as possible.

While it's hard to realize it amid a flurry of white stuff, this winter is actually still pretty mild in total precipitation.  So cities like Cedar Falls continue to rack up savings--so far staying on budget for man hours, and there's plenty of salt and sand supply to last this winter, maybe even beyond that.

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