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Thursday's rain kept public works crews from pre-treating the roads and now that temperatures have fallen, ice is the big concern.
Public works crews will be checking the roads overnight.
One thing they say will help, the high winds the QCA is experiencing will help dry the roads, by speeding up any evaporation into the air.
Crews will also treat any icy spots that do develop.
While they work overnight, the battle against this latest storm was already taking place for one woman.
"My nose is running, I'm sweating," says Davenport's JoAnn Lewis as she took a shovel to her ice covered sidewalk.
She wanted to get ahead of Friday's freeze.
"So I can get salt on it, because I know some of these puddles are going to refreeze, but at least it'll be thinner, it won't be three inches thick," says Lewis.
She didn't want to let the sidewalk get this bad.
Winter just had a way of keeping her inside.
"It was so cold, that we didn't come out and get it all the way down, and that was a big mistake," says Lewis.
Once the ice formed, it was made almost permanent by us.
"People walk across it and they compact it, and with all the sub zero temps, (I) just wasn't able to get it cleared off like we normally do," says Lewis.
The ice held the concrete hostage even when it wasn't below zero outside.
"The days it was warmer I was working so I just happened to be off today, so I thought, well, I'm going to take advantage of it before the snow comes."
After an hour of work, Lewis freed a little more than half her sidewalk. She's got to get to a sign in her front yard, ironically, it's a sign marking her street as a snow route.
"There is probably about three inches of ice here," says Lewis.
She kept chopping, scraping, and chucking away. If she's not swearing at the ice, she's certainly thinking of some choice words for whomever forecast this next storm.
"I'm about ready to beat up Puxatawney Phil."
Iowa roads under county control will not get salted Thursday evening, the counties don't have enough staff to run 24 hours.
The Iowa DOT is monitoring the pavement temperature and weather to make the call for any salt spreading.

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