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City Crews Prepare for Ice Storm with “100% Different” Approach Than Snow

The leader of Dubuque’s Public Works department says they approach ice events completely differently from snowstorms. Freezing rain is expected to move into the Tri-States again late this afternoon or this evening. Public Works Director John Klostermann says city crews take a “100 percent” different approach to ice events. If the storm begins as freezing rain, it will simply wash away any de-ice solution crews could put down. So they try to time the application of that material to when the precipitation starts freezing to the pavement. Klostermann says pavement temperatures play a significant role in how crews attack a storm. During the time between storm systems, Klostermann says crews stay busing bringing in additional salt and performing checks on equipment. The National Weather Service predicts Dubuque will receive as much as a quarter inch of ice from late this afternoon through midday tomorrow.

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