By Jan Carabeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The hills of Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood are always a challenge in a winter weather event. The aftermath of a winter storm can be beautiful.

DroneWatch3 was over Manayunk as the sun rose Friday and revealed the neighborhood’s snowy hills.

“It looks really pretty, but then it makes the commute a pain,” one person said.

Alas, that’s the problem with a storm — the cleanup that’s needed in its wake.

“It’s going to be an ice rink for a little bit,” one neighbor said.

Bitter cold temperatures have now turned this week’s snow into slick spots and chunks of ice.

Those who didn’t clear snow from their cars or walkways yesterday were left chipping through it today.

“Yeah, it’s definitely a lot harder on top,” said Kyle Auer. “Don’t love it. Moved to the city specifically not to deal with most snow stuff.”

Out on the road, it’s clear there’s still work to be done here, too.

The main arteries in Manayunk are fairly clear. Drivers are having no problem at all getting through. It’s the side streets that remain a mess. A lot of the sidewalks need to be shoveled and salted as well.

“It was a little tricky. You gotta watch your step,” Ryan Henzes said. “When you don’t have to drive it’s great. When you have to drive through, it’s not fun.”

Fortunately for Henzes, he has been working from home during the pandemic.

Jamie Frankel isn’t as lucky.

Either way, they both say this December snow has been a welcome distraction from the rest of this otherwise dreary year.

“You’re already stuck in your house as it is, so now you just have snow to look at,” Frankel said.

‘Tis the season after all.


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