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Grand Rapids natives turn to sledding during record snowfall

A lot of schools cancelled classes Friday which allowed children and adults to spend time playing in the snow.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Snow can make our lives difficult, but it can also be a lot of fun!

A lot of schools cancelled classes Friday which allowed children and adults to spend time playing in the snow.

A few families sledded down various hills at local parks throughout the day Friday, including Richmond Park in Grand Rapids.

Some snow boarders were also taking advantage of all the snowfall, which already up to a foot has nearly fallen around West Michigan since Thursday. 

13 ON YOUR SIDE's Carla Bayron grew up in Florida and had never gone sledding, even though she has lived in Michigan for the last few years.

"I just never got around to it," she said.

Before going down the hill on her newly-purchased saucer, she got some much-needed advice for a first-timer from some experts.

"Sit in criss-cross and hold on to the edges, otherwise you'll immediately fall off it," said Ella.

"Don't lean too far forward," said Henry.

"If you're about to run into a tree, try not to hit it. I've had a friend one time who just like, stared at a tree and ran into it. I'd say probably bail," said Marissa.

A woman at a store buying a sled had this advice.

"Be careful. This is a big snowy day, so a lot of people are going to be sledding so that snow gets packed down and gets really icy, and its pretty wet snow too, so it can get really slippery. So be really careful when you're walking on the hill, when you're at the bottom of the hill and hold on tight."

A man originally from Detroit was out sledding with his co-workers. 

"It is really early to get snow and normally we don't. It's pretty awesome. I'm a big outdoor sports kind of guy and this is my favorite time of the year, especially if we're getting snow this early," said Ramy Lessard of Grand Rapids.

Additional accumulating snowfall with travel impacts is expected from Friday evening through the day on Saturday.

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