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Warm Weather Melts Streets For Public Works

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The beautiful weather invited so many outside today to enjoy shopping or dining in downtown Fargo.

The sunshine and warmth have melted packed ice and snow, making it the perfect day to also shovel driveways, sidewalks and for the Fargo Public Works Department to clear our streets.
 
"This warm weather has given us an opportunity to be able to scrape the streets as clean as possible," says Public Works Department Services Manager Mark Williams.

Crews have been out since Christmas night clearing melting ice and slush. Enjoy this taste of spring while you can, because winter will be back soon with a vengeance. 

"Tomorrow we're going to be back taking a dive back into the deep freeze: falling temperatures, blowing snow, wind chills pushing 40 below," says Valley News Live Meteorologist Mick Kjar.

Wind gusts at 40 mph, in fact. So while you may not have needed your coat today, be sure it's close by. 

"We're melting everything but starting tomorrow morning in the northern end of the valley, falling temperatures and cold wind chills," says Kjar. "Things are going to ice up again," he says.

Roads are wet right now, but public works hopes that changes before we freeze.

"Our hope is that by the time that it gets down to that 20 below, a lot of the roads will have been dried out, clean and free of ice at that time," says Williams.

Then they'll will be hard at work preparing for the next snow fall.

"We'll probably go back into hauling mode and widening some of the streets and intersections where there's not really enough room for the snow to build up," he says.

Public works officials say they will be monitoring roads and intersections. If there are any areas that have not dried out and become icy, they'll be out with salt and sand. 
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