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Folks around the region dig out from snow

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 08 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 09 2013 05:16:19 PM CST

Folks around the region dig out from snow

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

While the big storm clobbered New England, it spared most of our region its wrath.  As the last flakes fell early Saturday morning, the cold calm was shattered as folks woke up.  Snow blowers buzzed and shovels scraped, everyone trying to uncover their frozen lives.

"This was easy, this one was light," explained Gary Hillegass.  "It's when you get real heavy snow that it's not easy."

When Hillegass is shoveling all the white means green.  The contractor's been digging, salting and plowing all night.

"Four businesses and three homes," he shared.

All across the Lehigh Valley driveways and sidewalks were being cleared.

"I think it's much ado about nothing," added Jim Kruge.

According to the 69 News Weather Department the white stuff piled up 5.7 inches in Allentown, with Bethlehem getting 5 inches even.

"I would love to move to Florida," smiled Kruge.  "If I never saw snow again I'd be very happy."

"It's way too much," said Julianna Baunach.  "It's cold and it's sticking to everything."

Baunach was cleaning off her car when we caught up with her.  With the world covered in white it was hard for her not to find a bright spot.

"I'm excited to take my son out and play with him for the first time."

While side roads were treacherous early, as the sun came out the snow turned to slush then melted away.

"Not so bad right now," shared Amy Joseph.  "Actually main roads are good, yeah no problems at all."

The only issue throughout the day was the wind.  Gust blew drifting snow across already clear roads.  But drivers were thankful to PennDOT crews, knowing it could have been worse.

"The roads are great," added Allen Fick.  "They did a great job it's the best they ever did I think."