Pull out the shovels, call the plow, Northern Michigan digs out

The snow is a welcome sight to those who love winter.

But, it can still be a pain when you wake up and see what you have face outside.

"This is what I like doing," says Dâ??arcy Dutcher, who was digging out in Charlevoix.

Let the dig out begin. Dutcher came home from third shift to clear his driveway.

â??No, this isn't bad, Iâ??ve seen worse, played in worse, that's about all Iâ??m doing. Iâ??m a winter person anyways," says Dutcher.

To the east, Boyne City was covered. Walloon Lake is still a little bare, but better than it was.

"This time, we have probably 50-60 inches on the ground," says Walloon Lake resident Gary Scholl.

In East Jordan and Indian River, school was called off. It was a play day not only for the students, but prancing Fido, while Mike Cam was cleaning up.

â??I've been at it since 8 this morning," says Cam.

â??Charlie and I," laughs George Kotalik.

No work and all play doesn't fly for George Kotalik's dog. Kotalik says the snow used to be a lot worse in the past, now, he plows to get out of the house and clear a few driveways. These days, those that try to flag him down he leaves to someone else.

"I don't answer them. I spend a lot of time right there in that restaurant," laughs Kotalik.

But for other plow drivers, like this guy in Gaylord, he's happy he has finally struck white gold. Businesses hope this is a sign for the same.

"We have the apparel to sell for the cold weather, so fingers crossed!" says Vera Vanlewuen, who works at Glikâ??s in Charlevoix.

And to get people around, road crews have worked hard to keep the roads clear.

The power of the wind was absolutely incredible at the Petoskey break-wall. The road commission wants you to know that the wind can make dangerous drifts. If you're driving on a road less traveled, take your time, you may run into an area where it could drift, and the potential is very dangerous.