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MASON CITY, Iowa - So far the weather has been picture perfect this fall but as we know, all good things must come to an end.
It's only a matter of time before it all changes and the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is preparing for the worst.
The field service coordinator for District 2 of the Iowa DOT, Pete Hjelmstad was out checking on the gates that close off I-35 and the Avenue of the Saints.
"We do this every fall heading into the winter,” he said “to make sure things are working correctly."
As the Iowa DOT know, it's always good to plan ahead and that's exactly what they did on Monday.
"The gates on I-35 worked perfectly. These gates worked great the first time down,” he said about the Avenue of the Saints gates, “but we tried them again and yeah one of the gates doesn't seem to be functioning properly so we will have somebody get out here and take a look at it and make sure they're ready for winter."
With the first frost expected to hit sooner rather than later, people are planning to take their hats, coats, gloves and plows out of storage.
Cerro Gordo County road worker, Mitch Smith said that getting ready this early in the year is routine for them.
"We've got a total of 5 plow trucks and we'll be starting the second one tomorrow,” Smith said.
Smith and his team of county road workers were busy all day Monday getting prepped for the cold weather.
"October 15th is when we usually standard put on the snow equipment for winter,” he said.
Smith said that he has his fingers crossed for an easy season with a nice white Christmas and only a couple of snowfalls following that.
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