City of Wichita, residents preparing for winter storm

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The City of Wichita is preparing Wednesday for another round of winter weather.

The city's 60 salt trucks were on standby, waiting to hit the roads.

Wednesday's expected weather, Public Works and Utilities Director Alan King said, is one of the hardest to prepare for.

"There will be a period of time where the roads are very slick, like they were the other morning. It just takes us about six hours or so to get through the routes we have, and during that time, you can have streets that are a little bit trickier to navigate on," said King.

At Ace Hardware in northwest Wichita, customers were coming away empty-handed.

Carla Lee was prepared for Tuesday's storm but ran out of de-icer before Wednesday, so she went in search of more.

"I've been to two other places today, and they were already out. Ace always has everything. Now look here. This empty shelf," said Lee.

The extra need for de-icer caught Ace's manager Wayne Butterfield by surprise, too.

"I have to order on Sundays, but the storm didn't hit until Tuesday, so I didn't have an opportunity to resupply," said Butterfield.

Butterfield said by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, he would have more in his northwest Wichita store, for the next round of eager customers.

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