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A Christmas snowfall? Kids love it

The snow flies as snowboarder Lee Broadbent, 13, hits a jump while enjoying the snowfall Thursday morning.1 / 3
Evan Broadbent, 15, maintains his balance after landing his snowboard Thursday at friend Ben Smith's house.2 / 3
Ben Smith, 15, braces for his landing after attempting a flip on his snowboard outside his family's home along Interlachen Parkway.3 / 3

It was an early Christmas present for local youths.

Area kids took to the local sledding hills Wednesday and Thursday as several inches of snow fell in the Woodbury area, with more snow expected through Saturday.

Ben Smith and his friends strapped their boots into snowboards and used a homemade ramp to launch themselves from snow-packed jumps.

Smith, 15, said he and his buddies built the ramp before the snow fell, and then placed it atop a small hill in the yard outside his family's home along Interlachen Parkway.

It was an improvement over a smaller ramp last year, he said.

Smith enjoyed the storm.

"If only we had school - then we'd get school off," he joked. "I like the snow."

On the eve of the storm, kids flocked to the sledding hill at Middleton Elementary School. Kaplin Mok and his friends were anxiously awaiting the storm.

"Playing outside is so much fun," Mok said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Washington County, effective through Saturday morning, and the expected snowfall is predicted to be between 16 and 22 inches.