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First big snowfall means anticipation & dread

NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) -- The first big snowfall of the season comes with a sense of anticipation for some and a sense of dread for others. Like many northern communities, New Hampton felt the full force of the storm.

"I've been here about 12 years, this is the worst it's been," said New Hampton resident Mitch Voss.  "My wife works up in Rochester, and she went into the ditch this morning.  A lot of places closed, a lot of schools were out and a lot of people can't make it to work today."

Many people sent Tuesday either shoveling or snowblowing the white stuff off their driveways and sidewalks.

Jason Rasmussen, a New Hampton students had a fun day, "Just sledding down the hill here at the creek going hiking in the snow and stuff. It's pretty fun."

New Hampton did get a lot of snow -- 8 1/2 inches.  But that's not what's causing all the problems, it's what's underneath - a thin layer of ice."

"It's better when it snows then freezes on top," said New Hampton resident Gregg Marlette.  "When it's the other way around you can't see that ice underneath you."

With the first big snow out of the way many people are wondering how many more they will have to face.

Online Reporter:  John Wilmer

Online Producer:  Dani Blecha

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