Utica, N.Y. - Many in the greater Utica area got their shovels out for the first time this season, here on Sunday, December 10th, yes, December 10th, and that's ok for many who remember the last winter storm we had. That storm was so bad, it had a name.
'Super Storm Stella' came barreling through Central New York back on March 14th and dumped several feet of snow, not inches. For Kurt Heiderich of Utica that memory was fresh in his mind as he was shoveling Sunday morning, "We got the 3 feet of snow, it took me a while to clear this out."
Kurt's brother Scott, also of Utica, says March 14th was a very long day, "I was at work, it piled up and piled up. It took about a half an hour to dig the car out, and it took four hours to get home from Chadwicks to Utica, I got stuck five times."
So the inch or two of snow here on this Sunday in December is a piece of cake, just as it was for 10 year old Aidan Coe of nearby Deerfield who was out shoveling his family's driveway.
Coe says he loved every minute of being with his dad back on March 14th, "My dad and I were out plowing and my dad got stuck in the driveway with the plow."
Everyone we talked to says if we got through Stella fine, we can get through anything this winter.