WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A snow day... It can be fun for children, but for adults, it's a lot of hard work .
Sunday morning many western Massachusetts residents woke up to at least 5 inches of snow covering their sidewalks. That meant a lot of shoveling, but it also brought out neighbors who were willing to help others.
Larry Phillips of West Springfield told 22News, "I help out with neighbors. I shovel, snow blow, do their driveways, and sometimes they pay me. Sometimes they don't. Just volunteer work."
Many people told 22News over the years, they've gotten used to shoveling their driveways and digging out their cars.
Tom McNaughton of West Springfield said "It doesn't affect me too much. I'm used to a lot more. I'm from Buffalo. I've been here about 10 years. It's a lot milder than there."
But for others, this snowstorm was a reminder of how mild last winter was and how much they enjoyed it.
Laurie Phillips of West Springfield told 22News "We got a real good break last year with mild winter, but I don't think we are getting it this year. I was out last night early when it first started, and it was slippery within 30 minutes. It is dangerous."
Bernie Ewig of West Springfield said "Absolutely hate it. I just want snow once year around Christmas time. Christmas morning, I can wake up to snow, and if it doesn't snow the rest of the year, I'm good."
After hours of shoveling, many people said they are hoping for a mild and sunny start to 2013.