ANDOVER, Minn. -- It wasn't a lot of snow, but for the first time this season, it was sticking around. The Anoka County Highway Department was ready for battle. They have been ready since October.

"It's just a wet, slick, greasy snow that we're dealing with and it really hit at the worst time, right before rush hour," County Engineer Doug Fischer said. Fischer runs the Highway Department and sent 14 plow and salt trucks out to work the afternoon rush. The County is responsible for clearing more than 1,600 "plowable miles."

"Primarily it's just slush. We've got slick spots from the slush," Tanner Anderson, one of Fischer's truck operators explained. Anderson estimated there was less than an inch on the ground. It was a nice little pop quiz to start the winter; rush hour traffic was helping the team spread the salt. Anderson was putting down a couple hundred pounds per lane mile. The outside temperature was 33 degrees and the road temp was 26 degrees.

"Right now we are geared and ready to handle any snow that will come at us," Fischer concluded.

Anderson agreed. "It's always fun the first few times around. But when it's as long as it was last winter, didn't seem to want to quit, well that gets old too," he said with a smile.