Updated 03/20/2013 10:45 PM
Spring rolls in with winter-like weather
It's certainly not the spring we experienced a year ago, but the season is here nonetheless. Wednesday marked the vernal equinox and as YNN's Chris Whalen tells us, the weather hasn't been ideal for those who enjoy spring or winter.
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SOUTHERN TIER, N.Y. -- Blades of grass peek through the snow. The sun struggles to break through grey clouds. A gentle, cold breeze blows through the trees.
It's definitely not the same transition between winter and spring as one year ago.
"We had temperatures in the 70s seven days in a row this week last March. Not normal. We only had 43 inches of snow," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Erik Heden.
Last March, there were no concerns about preparing the field at NYSEG Stadium for the opening day of baseball season, but this year, the grounds crew can only wait.
"We were fortunate last year. We got out on the field pretty early and got things done in a quick amount of time. Kind of sitting idle right now with the snow. Once it melts, we'll get after it pretty good," said EJ Folli, Sports Turf Manager for the Binghamton Mets.
You might think the lingering cold temperatures and snow would be a good thing for those who enjoy winter time activities, but this year, that hasn't necessarily been the case.
The Waterman Conservation Center in Apalachin is open year round, catering to winter enthusiasts when the conditions are right, but even with a late-season storm this week, there hasn't been enough accumulation to make use of the trails.
"The cross country and the snowshoeing, you need to have so many inches for them to work, so we haven't accumulated enough snow to make it of any value," said Scott MacDonald, Executive Director at the Waterman Center.
And the weather isn't expected to break in the near future, either. Chilly temperatures are forecasted for the rest of the week.