CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s been the Big Dig-Out this morning for many in northwest Indiana and the far southern suburbs, after Wednesday’s blizzard buried areas south and east of Chicago in several inches of heavy wet snow.

Snowblowers were working overtime in Crown Point, which got 14.5 inches of snow from the late season storm.

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The snow started falling Wednesday morning, but plows didn’t reach one street in Crown Point until 8 a.m. Thursday. Before that, neighbors had no way of getting out.

Now that cars have started moving again, it’s time to dig out their sidewalks and driveways.

It was no chore for 5-year-old Avery Swett. Whether helping shovel the sidewalks or making snow angels, two snow days in a row have been a lot of fun.

“I didn’t think it was going to be this bad. We haven’t had a storm like this in years. I mean, we had about two feet of snow back in 2011, but it didn’t shut us down like this ,” said her father, Greg Swett.

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A shovel just didn’t cut it for Nick Hlebasko as he cleared his sidewalks.

“I did about half with a shovel, and then I decided to go to the garage and get the snowblower out,“ he said.

Bill Touchette was sure glad he bought a snowblower last year, his first ever.

“I’ve shoveled it my whole life, but I turned 60 here, and don’t feel like dropping dead of a heart attack, and this is what they call heart attack snow today. This is some heavy stuff,” he said.

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Plenty of folks were finding ways to have fun with all the snow. One couple build a big snow couch in their front yard, so they could relax outside after shoveling out.