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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - It's been a while since we've seen some snow. That means street crews have more than enough salt on hand. They've already been out getting roads ready but some of the rest of us are heading to stores now to stock up on supplies.

Donna Potter wants to make sure she's ready for snow and cold weather. She went to Theisen's to buy ice melt that's safe for her pets.

"I have 5 little furry friends at home and as they go in and out and I go in and out, I don't want them to be sick from eating the snow melt," said Potter, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

People have been going to the Cedar Rapids store to prepare for the chance of snow but employees say they're busiest when snow begins. They spent the day getting all their products ready for a big weekend rush.

Street crews have been getting ready, too.

According to the Cedar Rapids Streets Superintendent, the combination of snow, dropping temperatures, and wind means it's going to take a few different steps in order for city crews to get streets clear. Already trucks have been putting down brine. Snow plows are ready to head out once any snow starts to fall and when wind picks up, they say blowing snow could be a concern, too.

"Conditions change very quickly," said Mike Duffy, Cedar Rapids Streets Superintendent. "Particularly in this event where it's going to be rain, snow, 30 degree weather, 0 degree weather. So really give the operators room to do their job."

Also busy -- heating repair companies, fixing broken furnaces. Companies say they'll have technicians on hand over the weekend so if you have a problem, you should be able to get ahold of someone to fix it.

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