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Michiana prepares for first snowfall of the season

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It always seems we're never quite ready for that first snowfall of the season.

But in Michiana, we never really EASE into winter.

Jeremy Littleton of Mishawaka says, "Welcome to Indiana."

We certainly shouldn't be surprised by snow on November 11th, but it doesn't mean we have to be happy about it.

"It sucks. I hate it, because yesterday it was kind of fall and today it's winter," says Brent Coursen who is especially mad at the weather because it'll make for a messy day at work Tuesday.

"In the car business so it makes it even worse. So tomorrow we'll have to broom off cars. It'll be nasty," says Coursen.

The threat of snow left some businesses scrambling to get products out on the floor.

"One of the first sales of the morning was a snow shovel," says Chris Hughes of Hardware Plus in Osceola.

Hardware Plus usually doesn't put out things like shovels, ice melter, and snowblowers until the end of the month.

But as the snow comes, so do the customers.

"Mostly as we start getting the snow, they'll start coming in then, remembering they need to get sand for their trunk or sand for the back of their trunk or ice melter or the shovel they pulled out has a broken handle or blade, so they'll want to replace it," says Hughes.

INDOT has been preparing for snow all weekend, pre-treating roads with brine.

"What that does is as ice begins to form or snow falls, it melts that ice and snow before our plows are on the roads, so it really gives us a nice heads-up," says Matt Deitchley with INDOT.

Trucks are patrolling looking for icy conditions. One trouble-spot, the US 20 Bypass, gets double the attention.

"We put more trucks, plowing and salting on that road than any other road in that district. Typically because of the high speeds that are out there," says Deitchley.

For now, folks are just trying to roll with the punches.

"Nah, it's not all that bad," says Littleton.

As of 8:00pm Monday, most departments we checked in with say they haven't had any problems.

We have had reports from St. Joseph County that the bypass, especially northern St. Joseph County, is getting slick.

South Bend Police is recommending drivers get an early start Tuesday morning if you're taking the bypass because it will be hazardous.

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