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Chicago Weather Alert: Residents In Wilmette Begin Clean Up After Lake Effect Snow Brings 8 Inches

WILMETTE, Ill. (CBS) – One of the hardest-hit places in the lake-effect snowstorm Friday was north suburban Wilmette.

CBS 2's Shardaa Gray went up to Wilmette as it finally stopped snowing late in the day. Many people spent the day trying to find their sidewalks.

A few hours earlier when the snow was still clobbering the area, we barely saw anyone out and about. But the few we did talk to said they were enjoying the snow.

There was no second thought for Doug Steffenson when it comes to neighborly love.

"It's fun. I actually like throwing the snow and clearing the path and all that sort of stuff," Steffenson said. "I think I'll be out here a while today given the way the lake effect is going."

Eight inches of snow were reported in Wilmette Friday morning.

The Village of Wilmette's public works department said last year, 17 inches of snow fell in a matter of two days - Feb. 15-17.

And between Jan. 10, and Feb. 2 of last year, they had 10 inches of snow.

"It's been difficult," Steffenson said, "Some years are difficult, more than others, but this year it's been a lot light. So, it's a bit easier this year."

Jaime Flores said he and his father shovel snow as a side hustle. We asked them will the possible foot of snow help their family business.

"That won't bother me a lot. So, another 8 inches or four or how many we have, adding another foot of snow, we're getting a little bit of a head start," he said.

While Flores shoveled, some were taking a quick brisk walk.

"It's really a good day for exercise because I'm not worried about ice because the snow makes for easy walking, I'm dressed well and I hope to get in two miles today," said Barbara Kudirka.

Residents say living in this area, heavy lake effect snow comes with the territory.

"It's just part of what you get when you live on the north shore by the lake," Steffenson said.

People here will be ready with their shovels when another round of snow could come next week.

A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect until 6 p.m. Friday.

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