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Most people hope the snow in other states stays far away from Iowa.  But if it started to snow, Des Moines Public Works crews said they are ready.

Before you know it, these snow plows won't just be on display.

They will be rolling through your streets, clearing your path to work, and your kids’ path to school.

Until then, Des Moines Public Works Director Pat Kozitza says it is important people see the large equipment and meet the people who will help keep them safe this winter.

"It's a great group of people with a lot of experience and they know exactly how to move that snow. Again, the residents get a chance to meet them and see they need to stay away from the equipment during snow and ice control,” said Kozitza.

New this year for public works is several extra winged plows that can remove snow faster.

These plows have new cutting edges that won’t wear as quickly, saving the city money.

"We're moving to a new carbine blade that will require less change outs during a storm,” Kozitza told Channel 13 News.

Some of the plows you'll see on the streets won't have that industrial look.

"My school is in the snow plow competition,” said Ally Armstrong, a student.

For the twelfth year, local schools got to use the machinery as their canvas, painting everything from Mickey Mouse to “Iowaii” on the blades.

The public chooses their favorite designs.

"I like that one, the snow flakes, and the minions,” said three-year-old Marcus Clutter.

"I like the minion one,” said Armstrong.

Of course, this artwork will only be seen again if and when it snows.

"Every three years old loves to watch the trucks go by,” said Vicki Sehgel.

The winning schools in the snow plow art competition all receive monetary donations from the city.

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