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OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Southeastern Iowa is preparing for the worst with some of the higher snowfall totals predicted across the state. People in the snow removal business in Oskaloosa are ready for a busy Sunday. The town is right smack dab in the area of most concern, where the blizzard warning is set to go into effect early Sunday morning.

That’s why Mark Vander Wilt, who helps neighbors and friends with snow removal spent his Thanksgiving weekend prepping his snow blower in case he wakes up to a thick blanket of snow.

“Blizzards I can do, it’s a lot more. Regular snow storms I just do my regulars but if it blizzards people call me left and right,” Vander Wilt said. “I try to get to them as quick as I can but sometimes it takes awhile before I can get to them.”

Saturday night Oskaloosa’s town square is still green but come Sunday morning snow could be falling at rates of an inch an hour. Residents were quick to hit the grocery store making sure they had all the essentials. Eggs were sparse at the local Fareway and the line at the meat deli was more than usual, as families stock up for a Sunday probably spent at home.

“A couple of essential items that is right. I’m going to stay home tomorrow and make candies and fudge and stuff like that,” Oskaloosa resident Karen Monson said.

“You know everybody is getting their odds and ends and anything else in case something does happen and they are trapped inside,” Fareway  Market Manager Robert Syverson said.

Like many towns, when there is an issued snow emergency or the snow ordinance goes into effect, no on-street parking is allowed. You also must have your sidewalks cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of the end of the storm.

CLIVE, Iowa — Following the holidays most people like to kick back and relax, but with the impending snow storm on Sunday it gives them little time to look over their snow blowers.

“I looked at it about an hour ago today, it wasn’t starting so I’m guessing the carburetor’s dirty so I came and bought a new carburetor” said Josh Johnson.

Johnson plans to use Saturday’s weather to his advantage.

“I’m gonna try to fix it myself, got the snow tomorrow, beautiful day today, so I figured better get it done now” he said.

Johnson isn’t alone. Clive Power Equipment say they have 90 snowblowers in their shop for repair.

“We’re about five days six days out right now, so we got a full shop out back and we’re doing our best to get things going for everybody” said General Manager Jerry Carson.

By 11 a.m. Saturday morning Carson says they had already sold 13 new snow blowers, and had their staff putting together more to make sure they had enough in stock for everyone.

“It started yesterday, it started flowing in and we knew today we were going to be bombarded pretty good which is great, I love the fast paced, today’s going to fly by” said Carson.

While it might be too late to figure out what needs to be fixed for this snowstorm, Carson has a list of things to check if you don’t have yours up and running yet.

Paddles and scrapers are the biggest thing right now. Most of the Toro ones, and I think the other ones do too, have a wear hole, you can see it right on your paddle, and if you’re down below that wear hole you know it’s time to replace it. The scrapers also, you need to make sure you put new scrapers on there because if you don’t it ruins the backside of the snowblower; costs a whole lot more to repair” said Carson.

Carson also says you shouldn’t use fuel with ethanol because it can ruin the snowblower’s carburetor.