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Residents, businesses clean up after snow storm

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WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

City resident Dan Smart was out early Sunday morning, cleaning up after the first major snow storm of the season. The storm dumped 7 inches of snow in Westfield, but initially, Smart welcomed it.

"It's always fun, no matter when it comes," said Smart. "It gets a little tedious in April."

Smart has called Westfield home for nearly 20 years. He said he is not the only one on his block who enjoys this time of year.

"My neighbor, who always gets my sidewalk before I wake up in the morning, said it's his favorite thing to do," Smart stated.

For Smart, there is one stat that is even more impressive than the snowfall totals.

"I'm going to mark the day today, Dec. 15, and see how long it lasts," said Smart. "Sometimes it will snow on Dec. 15, and that same snow will be here in March or April."

"Once we find out we're going to get snow, we start getting ready a couple of days before," said Miguel Colon, an inventory specialist at Marcotte Ford in Holyoke. "That way we're prepared and ready."

When snow falls, Colon becomes one of many employees in charge of clearing off the more than 300 cars in their lot. He told CBS 3 that it takes a lot of planning.

"Who's going to be here, where are we going to move the cars, what time are we going to start," Colon stated.  "Just making sure that everything is ready so we can plow, take the snow off and get it done fast, because it does take a while."

Colon has worked at the dealership for the past six years, so he's able to put this weekend's snowfall in perspective. He said the half foot Holyoke received from this storm is nothing compared to last season's blizzard.

"That was bad," said Colon. "We were here all day Sunday. We had a mountain of snow down there. Everywhere there was snow, but it was done and we had a lot of people."

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