Fort Dodge crews ready as snow moves into area

Snow began falling in Fort Dodge at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and the city’s Public Works Department was prepared for a storm that could last into this morning.

”For the storm, we’ll have a full staff,” Public Works Director Greg Koch said Thursday afternoon.

He said a group of 12 employees went on duty at 7 p.m. Thursday and would work all night clearing streets. They were to be replaced by another 12 workers who were to start their shift at 7 a.m. today. Koch said garbage and recycling materials would be picked up as usual this morning.

Public works crews sprayed city roads with a mixture of brine and beet juice Thursday afternoon to help prevent the accumulation of snow and ice.

The Fort Dodge region remained under a winter storm warning Thursday night, according to Tony Jorgensen, the Webster County emergency management coordinator.

He said the forecast called for the area to receive 3 to 7 inches of snow during the overnight hours. He added that winds of 15 to 20 mph could create whiteout conditions in rural areas.

”If you don’t need to travel, don’t take your life into your hands by doing it,” he said.

The residential snow ordinance is in effect through 5 a.m. Saturday. Police will ticket and tow vehicles that are on marked snow routes.