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System of snow heading for the Chippewa Valley this weekend


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Chippewa Valley is in for a dose of winter. Three to six inches of snow is expected to fall this weekend. It seems like that's been the case more often than not the past few winters. 

"We need snow, it's a vital part of our business," says Jason Kistner, sales manager at Eau Claire Lawn Equipment.  

Snow is on the way to the Chippewa Valley, which is welcome news for stores like Eau Claire

Lawn Equipment.

"They only build as many snow blowers as dealers order and then generally cut it off so that year that we actually did get a lot of snow, we were actually sold out and we couldn't get anymore. Last year, a lot of the companies actually went heavy because of the previous year, but then we kind of got stuck with a lot of snow blowers carried over," says Kistner.

For those that did buy their snow blower already, the store recommends making sure it starts before the snow does.

As for the city of Eau Claire, it's testing out something new on the streets this winter: a salt brine mixture.

"We'll save money, get the roads and the ice and the snow melting a little bit quicker to make it a little bit safer," says Eau Claire Streets Manager Steve Thompson.

"Typically we see this first snowstorm, we see more crashes happen just because people aren't used to driving in these conditions again, it takes a while for people to re-acclimate themselves to that weather and the driving styles that come along with it," says Sgt. Dave Fish.

And it's looking like we could have a white Christmas.

"This winter season, given we have snow in the forecast, colder temperatures, I'm thinking it'll be more like what people are used to, what are the more old fashioned winters that people experience here in western Wisconsin," predicts WQOW Meteorologist Nick Grunseth.

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