John Rathbone’s work this morning could be seen on his face, or more specifically on his goatee.
By 10 a.m., Rathbone’s goatee was caked in ice, the result of about two hours snowblowing his driveway and helping his neighbors with sidewalks.
“We just take turns,” Rathbone said this morning on Campbell Avenue after his snowblower ran out of gas. “Sometimes my neighbor does my walk and I do theirs.”
Similar scenes happened around the region this morning as more than a foot of snow fell Thursday and overnight.
The National Weather Service reported 13.3 inches of snow in Schenectady; 16.8 in Niskayuna and 14 in Rotterdam.
Elsewhere in the region, Clifton Park saw 15.6 inches, Saratoga Springs 13.2 inches and Amsterdam 14.2 inches.
Parts of Schoharie County got the most. Summit saw 20 inches, North Blenheim 18.3 and Schoharie 14.5.
The Albany International Airport in Colonie saw 14.4 inches. The region has seen four snowfalls over 10 inches this winter. The airport received the most in this storm, according to the National Weather Service.
On DeCamp Avenue in Schenectady, Nicole Simms and her husband John worked to clear off their driveway and sidewalks, as well as the sidewalks of their neighbors.
Simms said it was a part of being good neighbors, and returning a favor.
“When they were younger, they had the snowblower when we couldn’t afford one and they always helped us,” Nicole Simms said, working a shovel. Her husband worked the snowblower. “So it’s just what you do.”
Richard Hebert, 68, did the same on Helderberg Avenue. The retired GE worker was out for a good two and a half hours trying to cut through the high and heavy snow.
Hebert recalled later that he couldn’t take the snow full-on, because his snowblower couldn’t handle it. He had to take a quarter of the width, which took more time.
He also looked out for his neighbors, helping with sidewalks.
“They help me out, too,” Hebert said. “If I need help, they’re right there helping me.”