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Morris residents enjoy, work through weekend snowfall

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST
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Emily Cuthbertson gets ready to throw a giant snowball at her brother, Mike, and their neighbor, Logan Joseph, on Saturday afternoon as the snow continued to fall.
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Don Mactrinder was out snow blowing his neighbor's driveway after finishing his own driveway Saturday morning.
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Sean Randich and Allan Friant spent Saturday shoveling sidewalks for their snow removal job with That Perennial Place.

MORRIS – While many residents spent this weekend posting to their Facebook statuses wishing of warmer weather and beaches, others in the area took full advantage of the snowfall that hit the area.

The two-day snow totals by Sunday was 5.9 inches for Morris, according the National Weather Service.

“The Morris area has seen 34.5 inches of snow this year, under the 52.6 inches that we’ve seen at O’Hare Airport,” said Mark Ratzer with the National Weather Service in Chicago.

The totals at O’Hare Airport this season within the top 20 snowfalls since 1884.

Friends Logan and Amanda Joseph, Mike and Emily Cuthberston and Rebecca Nolte were enjoying the accumulated snow by having a snowball fight in front of their east-side homes in Morris on Saturday afternoon.

“Snow means time for friends,” 12-year-old Logan said. “I like to be outside on snow days.”

His neighbor and friend, 7-year-old Mike, said snowball fights with his friends is his favorite part of winter.

Eight-year-old Rebecca Nolte said she would rather build a snowman with the good packing snow.

On the other side of town, Sean Randich and Allan Friant were busy shoveling the sidewalks around First Midwest Bank for their job at That Perennial Place.

While the day was spent working instead of playing, it still wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for the two union carpenters who currently were laid off because of the weather.

“It’s extra work and some extra money,” Friant said, who has been doing snow removal for the past three years.

D.J. Stacey with That Perennial Place said he’s been able to keep his normal crew of 30 drivers and shovelers busy this year.

“It’s been a great year for business,” he said.

He said it has not been great for sleep, though, as crews are often out working all night to keep up with the accumulating snow.

But it isn’t all work for Stacey either, who said he plans to take his kids, Addison and Dayne, out to Morris Country Club this week after school so they can enjoy sledding together as a family.

“It’s either been too cold or I’ve been working so we haven’t been able to enjoy the snow, but we’re going to make it before the next snow fall due in Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said.

Ratzer said the Morris area will see snow starting this afternoon and into Wednesday morning.

“You’ll probably see 4 to 6 inches more snow when all is done this week,” Ratzer said.

A special weather statement for Grundy County said roads will likely become snow covered and slippery by tonight, coupled with gusty winds, it will likely produce drifting snow in open areas.

Monday there already was a winter storm watch in effect for Livingston County, which also saw the highest totals over the weekend of 10 inches in Pontiac.

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