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After a string of recent nice weather, when temperatures reached around 60 degrees, it’s hard to remember that we’re still dealing with all the snow we received this winter.

The school systems are still trying to figure out their schedules for the end of the year.

The counties and municipalities far exceeded the money they budgeted for snow removal and are left figuring how to make up the shortfall.

Snow removal in Havre de Grace, for example, cost the city $118,000 in general operating costs for January and February. The city also used 90 tons of salt for the two months.

While the storms did prove to be frustrating and a hindrance to many, I welcomed the snow, although some time between the two storms would have sufficed instead of one big back-to-back blow.

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a healthy amount of snow; probably since I graduated college in New Hampshire but it’s been many more years since I’ve been in a blizzard.

The snow has now all but melted – but the storms’ effects will last much longer. Though spring is right around the corner, students are left wondering when summer vacation will officially begin after missing nine days of school.

So as we continue to deal with the consequences of Mother Nature, this recent warm weather is a reminder that winter really isn’t that long in Maryland, although many people would disagree, I’m sure. This particular winter was a bit snowier and at times probably colder than others. Perhaps the two feet of snow on the ground made winter seem that much longer.

But it’s March and we’ve recently had a few 50- and 60-degree days, though spring doesn’t officially begin until the end of the month.

Even though I love a good snowstorm, I’m definitely a fan of the seasons. Fall is my favorite and though I enjoy summer, I could do without the excessive heat and humidity. So while I’m enjoying this nice spring-like weather, I’m OK with 50 degrees for right now. It will be 90 and humid soon enough.

And speaking of spring, daylight saving time is this weekend, Saint Patrick’s Day is next week and March Madness and MLB’s Opening Day are right around the corner.

So even though we’re still dealing with the effects of Mother Nature’s little winter surprise, spring is a welcomed distraction. Hopefully the next few months will prove a bit less costly and frustrating for the masses – unless you have to go to school until July.


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