Will Snow Now Prevent Dry Conditions Later?
Snow banks look like mountains you could climb. It's a normal sight in January and February in Adams. But this is March and it's spring. "Yeah, we're ready. We've had enough. We're tired. We're as tired as everybody else," said Randy VanTassel of VanTassel's Snow and Ice. That's coming from someone who sells plows! Van Tassel says business, with all the snow, has been good, especially after last year's mild winter. Plows and shovels have gotten a workout this year. Watertown received almost 30 inches more snow that last year. In Lowville, it was over 60 inches more. But what does that mean? Will the extra snowfall help the north country avoid last summer's dry conditions? "The best we can kind of say, it should be around a normal precipitation for spring," said climatologist Jessica Rennels. And nice weather, experts say, is on the way. "Looking ahead into spring, we're looking at the outlooks, they're actually calling for above-normal temperatures," Rennels said, "so April and May should be very nice." That's not good news for everyone. Austin Cary was out enjoying the snow. He said he loves the snow and expected to be out "a long time." But all good things -- and snow mountains -- must come to an end. Eventually.