The scramble before the storm

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)-- Whether it's a small amount or a major dumping of snow, being prepared makes it easier to deal with.

And a lot of people in the Valley are scrambling to get ready.

We don't know how much we are going to get, or if it's going to be anything like last winter.

But long time Fargoans say, you have to expect the unexpected when it comes to North Dakota winters.

They add it's good to be prepared, because the last place you want your snow blower to be is in the shop.

Patrick Loree is the power equipment manager at Scheels and he's no rookie.

"I lived here my whole life," Loree says.

He says he shoveled snow growing up as a kid and now is as busy as can be, selling snow blowers.

"I'll ll tell you this," Loree says "Business is good. Business is good," Loree says.

It seems like everyone else is too.

"People are getting ahead of it. Last year, with the weather as it was, it was a hard thing for people to come in and get them during the end of it," Loree says. "So, now people are coming in and they are buying equipment, making sure that they are ready for everything that is coming our way."

There are about 200 snow blowers that need repairs. Loree tells us they fix about five to six a day.

"Well, I've been through a lot of North Dakota winters," Al Cattancha from Fargo says.

This Fargo native picked up his snow blower Wednesday and is a regular here this time of year.
"Sometimes I don't prepare in advance and I regret that," Cattancha says. "This year, it was good to get it in here and get it fixed."

These snowblowers have been on the shelves since August. With the clock ticking, they're starting to go fast.

Another key aspect of being ready for the snow is safe winter driving. When conditions get hazardous, adjust your speed to fit the weather, traffic conditions, and the condition of the road.

Get a feel of the roadway. Try your brakes while driving slowly and adjust your speed to how much traction you have.

And allow more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, so if you do skid or slide, there's more time to stop safely.