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Residents dig out from first snow storm of season

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It’s a winter wonderland in the Hudson Valley after the first snow storm of the season. People spent Thursday morning digging out of their driveways as plows worked to clear the roads of several inches of snow. Our Elaina Athans has more.

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- "I hate it (shoveling) with a passion because the snow's very heavy," said Town of Wallkill resident John Thompson.

First the snow and then the daunting task of getting rid of it. Snow and ice coats the region. This particular storm adds extra annoyance for folks trying to dig themselves out.

"Being that it's wet, it's very heavy and it clogs up the snow blowers," said Thompson.

People used shovels, snow blowers or heavy machinery to clear away the snow. Snow plows were out through the overnight into the wee hours of Thursday morning cleaning roads for drivers navigating in slush.

"There's a lot of people on the road. First snow storm of the year, everybody forgets how to drive it seems like," said Matt Pondi of Monster Landscaping.

The storm comes right after the holidays as many people are getting back into their everyday routine and others are still celebrating the season, like Bill Valentin. He took a week off from work to relax or so he thought.

"My wife is a nurse and she's at Orange Regional and I have to get the driveway cleared before she gets here. That's the job of a man. So we have to go out there and do our job," said Valentin.

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