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Western Region Sees April Snow Fall

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May is only three days away, but people in northwestern North Dakota awoke to snow this morning. About four-inches of snow fell overnight. It forced some schools to start late. 

Because last nights snowfall was so quick and heavy, plowing the roads was not really an option, but traffic helps clear the streets

"Snow at this time of year is always expected to some kind of degree. When it comes, we never really know. The amount of snow that we got last night, it was a lot and it's heavy, very wet snow. We are not able to plow it when it falls that fast, and when it's this heavy. Its being moved around by traffic," says the director of Public Works David Tuan. 

More snow has been predicted for tomorrow, and Tuan says they'll handle it accordingly

"Our next course of action is to take the snow as it comes. If we get more, we will evaluate if we need to send out plows. We have already sent out some sand trucks. There is some underlying ice under the snow. So, we've evaluated deploying the trucks, and we will do that again if more snow comes."

Tuan is hopeful this surprise snowfall won't negatively affect band day preparations.

"Right now, our primary concern is more so, how it affects band day. We've made a lot of progress painting streets, getting boulevards cleaned up. This sets us back a little bit. I still think we'll be ready for band day. But, as far as an impact on the traffic, it is relatively minimal outside today.

Rain instead of snow will be a helpful method of clearing the streets

Tonight, temperatures are supposed to drop back down into the 30s and a light snowfall is predicted.
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