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Residents in upstate NY digging out after massive winter storm

Posted at 10:32 PM, Mar 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-03 22:32:17-05

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, NY (WTEN/CNN) - A massive winter storm brought a whole lot of snow to upstate New York.

Now, residents are trying to dig out.

"The day before yesterday, it was about 50 degrees and then we got more [snow] than I've seen in years," said Nikolaus Neville, a Schoharie County resident.

In Schoharie County, it really came down. Some places accumulated up to three feet of snow.

"I'm just trying to get my mail. I'm just trying to dig out enough to get my mail. Everything else will just have to melt, I guess," said Andrea Fariello, another resident of Schoharie County.

It is estimated the snow fell anywhere from one to three inches per hour in Schoharie County on Friday night.

"I don't think it stopped snowing here until 10 or 11 o'clock last night," Fariello said.

With some roads and walkways still not passable the morning after the storm, the fire department urged residents to clean up but to be safe while shoveling a pathway.

"Take it cautious. Take it easy. Don't overexert yourself. Drink water and make sure you get your hydrants shoveled out for us. That's a big thing for us," Assistant Fire Chief John Borst said.

Now, Borst encourages residents to get out and enjoy the weekend.

"Once things get undug, the restaurants will open up and we'll have people out here. Sled trails will be open for folks that snowmobile, so it's going to be a great weekend to be out and about," Borst said.

Even so, remember that snow and ice hazards still lurk in some places around town.

"Our car’s been stuck for the past two days so we haven't been able to do anything but walk places and still walking is a hazard," Neville explained.

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