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People are still talking about last winter's big snowstorm, which virtually shut down Seattle and other communities for nearly a week

It was a colossal mess, with knee-deep snow, impassible icy streets and closed schools.

Seattle's Department of Transportation has spent $400,000 for a new and improved snow plan.

It includes a GPS tracking system for 39 trucks, and salting streets ahead of expected snow.

When we get a forecast of 50 percent or greater probability of snow within 12 hours we're going to deploy our equipment and they're going to pre-treat streets so the pavement stays bare, said Charles Bookman of SDOT.

The city has also hired a new street maintenance director from Colorado Springs.

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