Several enjoy snow day in northwest metro Denver

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DENVER -- Broomfield and Westminster saw close to a foot of snow Tuesday, and a lot of people were digging out their driveways once the snow finally stopped falling in the evening.

Aaliyah Bustamante, 11, helped her mom shovel the driveway and sidewalk in front of their Broomfield home.

"Me and my friends, we hardly get snow days, so we were really excited," Aaliyah said.

Her mom, Jo Anna, works for the Boulder Valley School District. They spent the day at home and avoided the roads.

"It definitely came down pretty fast," Jo Anna Bustamente said. "I'd say close to a foot-and-a-half."

A few miles away, Mark Bannon was also shoveling with many of his neighbors.

"It's way more than I was expecting today," Bannon said.

But his dog buddy didn't seem to mind.

"He's having way more fun than I am," Bannon joked.

It took him about two hours to clear it out, just in time for his wife to get home from work, an icy commute that left many drivers stranded throughout the day.

"This morning it was really bad," driver Clay Roberts said. "I was out on the road at 5:30 in the morning and it was like horrible. Tonight, they've had a chance to get a grip on it."

And the snowplows will be clearing the roads through to the morning.

"Just another day in Colorado," driver Mac Martinez said.