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Dane County upgrades snow equipment ahead of big storm

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Dane County debuted new plows Wednesday ahead of a major snow storm.

County Executive Joe Parisi says the county will put more trucks with "double-wing" plow blades on the road. "With weather forecasts pointing to the most dangerous winter storm seen since the historic Groundhog's Day Blizzard nearly two years ago, our Highway Department, Emergency Management, 911 center and sheriff's department are ready with a coordinated response, says Parisi.

The Dane County Highway Department as 57 total snow plows to clear the roads. Parisi says the ones with the "double-wing" blades can clear busier roads like I-39/90 and the Beltline quicker and plow highway on and off ramps with just one pass. The county will use 17 of these trucks.

Later this year, the department will unveil a pilot fleet of four new snow plows that run on compressed natural gas generated from decomposing trash at the county's Rodefeld Landfill.

The county urges motorists to use caution when driving in the snow and watch out for plows. Dane County Public Works, Highways, and Transportation Director Jerry Mandi says, "A snow plow has a number of blind spots, just like the vehicle that you or I drive. Depending on weather conditions and where your car is located, you may see a plow, but a plow driver may not see you." Drivers are urged to use their headlights and slow down around plows.

The Dane County Emergency Operations Center will activate at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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