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Brookings residents and business owners get ready for more snow over the weekend

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The snow is finally falling and people in Brookings have had to deal with it since early Friday morning, but it's just getting started. 

Lynn Riedesel says his farm North of Brookings already saw three or four inches over Friday morning, but he hopes to see even more. 

But before too much snow falls, Riedesel and many others have a lot to get done. 

Rounds Construction in Brookings is doing just that.  Andrew Rounds said if the snow continues, his commercial snow removal crew will be busy all weekend. 

"This would be the first week that we've got our buckets on our loaders and getting all our equipment in the shop for snow removal and getting ready for the winter season," said Rounds. 

The weekends' impending snow has everyone in snow removal mode. 

"Today they've been coming in for ice melt, shovels, winter clothes, and the ones with high hopes are thinking of ice fishing," said Runnings staff member Mac Mendenhall. 

While shovels are flying off the shelves this weekend, it will take a lot more snow before anyone even looks at the snow blowers.  In fact, it's been nearly two years since anyone has had a real use for their snow blower. 

"The winter before I plowed snow all the time, this last winter I used it once or twice, this winter I haven't used it at all yet," said Riedesel. 

Although we had almost no snow last winter, Friday's powder has these snow enthusiasts optimistic. 

"Yes, I hope we get more, we need the moisture," said Reidesel. 

"If we have snow to keep the guys getting pay checks, everybody's happy," said Rounds. 

But Friday's snow did not bring the greatest outlook.  Reidesel and Rounds said the snow is melting about as fast as it hits the ground. 

"Just enough to be a nuisance," said Reidesel. 

Nuisance or not, it's important to be prepared.  But don't worry, if you still need to pick up a shovel or two, Rounds and his crew will make sure you can get there safely. 

"We just keep an eye on the weather and keep everyone safe and make sure its not slippery at Wal-Mart or Lowes or any other major parking lots that we need to take care of," said Rounds. 

If you are heading out of the house this weekend, be sure to drive carefully. There were several cars in the ditch along I-29 between Brookings and Sioux Falls on Friday.  So drive slow, be safe and enjoy the snow!

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