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Muskegon County digs out from lake effect snow

8:01 PM, Dec 24, 2013   |    comments
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Photo from Sharon Kay of people trying to free a truck stuck in Whitehall's heavy snowfall.

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Christmas Eve was a day for shoveling and plowing lots of snow in Muskegon County.

A band of lake effect snow blanketed a stretch from Whitehall to Fremont late Monday and early Tuesday morning, leaving up to 12-16 inches of snow in its wake.

Homeowners began shoveling their sidewalks and driveways early Tuesday morning.  Beth Ann LaPointe also made it a point to shovel the snow from around the fire hydrant in front of her home -- just in case.

"That's also our responsibility," she said.

Karl Rosencrants needed more than a snow brush to clear his car.

"Just use a push broom," he said.  "It works."

Meteorologists say snow was falling at a rate of two to three inches per hour during the height of the lake effect.  It left lots of snow for plow drivers to push away -- but they had a problem with the new snowfall.

"We're running out of places to put the snow," said plow driver Dan Heller.

Additional snow is expected to fall across West Michigan on Christmas -- including up to six inches in the Whitehall area.

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