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Snowmen, snowmobiles & shoveling in Ottawa Co.

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Areas in Ottawa County got up to eight inches of snow.

Along 163 in Port Clinton roads remain slushy and slick.

The county remains under a level one snow emergency which means take it slow and use caution.

Thursday we met kids, and folks who remain kids at heart, who believe this snow is a sight for sore eyes.

Plow crews continue to dig out.

From Marblehead Lighthouse State Park to Port Clinton, several inches of snow transformed Ottawa County into a marshmallow world.

What is quite impressive is the number of large snowmen already built in front of homes along 163.

"Well, we had a 12 foot ladder," says Brendan Christianson.

Christianson and four other people took four hours to build this Frosty with a corn cob pipe last night.

"We were sitting inside and it was getting all crazy outside," says Christianson. "I said let's go do something because I was bored sitting inside."

Mark Geldien, with Ohio DNR Division of Parks, is not bored at all keeping up clearing snow.

"I think they frown on me a little bit if I built a snowman," says Geldien. "I could do it on my lunch time."

Though plows are working hard, layers of ice and snow still coat the main route posing a hazard in some spots.

One car ended up in a ditch along the exit ramp off Route 2 into Port Clinton.

But most drivers know the drill and are taking it slow.

"Everybody up here in Ohio is used to snow, it took a while coming, so hopefully it'll stay," says Mike Johnson, who drives a plow. "I'm happy."

Shay Rickard and Tyler Dray of Marblehead found a faster way to get around.

"Last year we didn't get any snow I was real disappointed," says Rickard.

Thursday marked the first time Dray drove his snowmobile.

"I got it for Christmas and decided to try it out today," says Dray.

This is the last time Geldien will drive his plow. He retires tomorrow and is happy to end with a busy snow day.

"Tomorrow is my last day," says Geldien. "I'll have 32 and a half years in with the state."

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