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Spring Is Here, But Feels Like Winter

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It may be the third day of spring, but there are remnants of winter. A wintry mix of cold rain, sleet and snow is pelting the city and there is a 40 percent chance the unwelcome slush will continue through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will linger in the high 30s to low 40s through the weekend.

“I would like more spring, I am waiting patiently. We paid our dues with the winter,” said Manhattan resident Linda Albahar. She said she was disappointed to have to put on her galoshes yet again this year.

John Reeves, a West Village resident said that he booked a last minute trip to Florida because of the weather. “We were so close. We had that great weather last week, this is just soul-crushing,” he said.

It appears Reeves made the right decision. Joe Pollina of the National Weather Service said spring temperatures probably won’t return to the region for another week.

Flights arriving at LaGuardia saw some disruptions. Outside Buffalo, a storm has dumped up to nine inches of snow, with 12 more inches predicted for some areas over the next day. In some parts of the Poconos a foot of snow is expected to fall.

The National Weather Service is warning drivers to use caution while driving and be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility.

(Karly Domb Sadof/WNYC)

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