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Snow crews get overnight workout in Milwaukee

CREATED Dec 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 19, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Road crews were to head out in force Wednesday morning, preparing for a major snowfall in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Snowplows have already had a bit of a workout.

Some roads were dangerous to drive on early Wednesday in southeastern Wisconsin; however, Milwaukee DPW crews have had plenty of salt to use because of the mild winter of 2011-12.

The DPW has more than 300 pieces of snow equipment available if needed.

They have a full staff and can run 24-hour operations, switching shifts every 12 hours.

They've been ready since mid-October to pre-treat bridges.

Now, with snow already on the ground, they're using rock salt on the roads.

Crews have a priority on how they plow streets.

"We've got to those main thoroughfare first, and then a secondary priority, or the third priority is we move into those residential streets - cul-de-sacs - dead ends."

Following winter parking rules will help the DPW clear the snow much quicker in your neighborhood.