A RIPON SNOWPLOW drops salt on Ripon roads during a post-New Years ice storm. Ripon has seen more than its share of freezing rain since the first of the year. 	      Lee Fenendael photo
A RIPON SNOWPLOW drops salt on Ripon roads during a post-New Years ice storm. Ripon has seen more than its share of freezing rain since the first of the year. Lee Fenendael photo

     SNOWSTORMS.                 

     Some people love them.

     Hey, look: we can go snowmobiling/skiing/sledding now!

     Many hate them. ...

     But there’s one thing we can all agree on.

     Ice storms are simply terrible.

     Nothing fun comes from layers of slick ice coating every surface, whether it’s your windshield or your sidewalk.

     Most of us, however, can go home and snuggle up until the rain and ice abates — or until spring, if we’re lucky.

     Not plow drivers, though.

     And I’d venture to bet they hate these ice storms even more than you and I.

     I ASKED CITY ENGINEER Travis Drake — who also is in charge of the city’s public works department — about exactly that.

     What would you prefer: a good, ol’fashioned snowstorm, or what we’ve had this past two weeks?

     “We would rather deal with 2, 3, 4, 6 inches of snow than ice,” he said. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Jan. 19, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.