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Lake-effect snow hits hardest on lakeshore
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- These are the kind of cold temperatures that make you want to stay inside, but for many there's too much work to be done outside.

Fifteen- to 20-mile-per-hour winds over the big lake pushed big waves and made street signs shake.

Downwind in downtown Muskegon, the cold makes shoveling dangerous.

"It is freezing," said Brandan and Jessica Boyd. They skipped the chore Saturday. Both hoped multiple layers of clothing would make the chore bearable, but the work was miserable, they said.

Outdoor work continued down Monroe Street, where Jim Rogers sings to stay warm. He and his crew are building houses. They take on the frigid weather, even when tools sometimes can't handle the cold.

Rogers has thick gloves and goggles, and this is his tip to staying warm: "Keep your body moving; I am getting cold standing here."

Around town, this city just looked cold, as a cross-country skier traveled a residential road.

Those strong winds pounding Lake Michigan were bouncing up and over the dune that protects a popular sledding hill, too, where Ravenna's Terry Jonas brought his family. They love winter but had to wait until just recently to use their snowmobile for the first time this season.

Kendal Jonas said she knows how to stay warm outside. "Gloves, and I put on two pair of socks."

But Caleb Jonas didn't follow his big sister's lead. "My toes are freezing cold," he said.

Back downtown, Brandon Boyd says by now if your driveway isn't shoveled, just leave it. "Wait for a warmer day."

With snowfall totals now beginning to pile up, the Muskegon Public Safety Department does ask residents to help them by shoveling out fire hydrants.


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