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Paradise Could See Its First Snow Storm of the Season

Published On: Nov 08 2012 08:33:36 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 08 2012 08:40:30 PM CST
PARADISE, Calif. -

Snow is possible for Thursday night in the foothills of Butte County and Paradise Public Works is not taking any chances.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory for the foothills in Butte County meaning the chance of rain and snow for the next few days.

Snow levels are predicted to drop to 2,500 to 3,000 feet at the lowest.  Public Works is pulling out all the stops - everything from sand and road signs to snow plows.

"You can't be unprepared for anything," says Paradise Public Works manager, Paul Derr.

Derr says Public Works is making sure all of their equipment is in tip top shape.  They also brought in a special kind of sand from Utah called the "de-icer"

"It does a chemical reaction that melts the ice a little quicker," says Derr.

One of the factors they have to look at is all of the leaves from trees that find their way into rain gutters.

"There are a lot of trees in Paradise and it's fall so there are a lot of leaves at the point," says Derr.  "So we need to maintain the openness of those drainage outlets so it doesn't cause flooding downstream from us."

Paradise Public Works also advises everyone driving around in the foothills for the next few days to have tire chains available.