WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - For those expecting an early start to spring, think again...spring didn't even start ON TIME!
Temperatures spent most of the day Saturday in the 20s and 30s, with wind, flurries and occasional breaks of sunshine.
"This was certainly unexpected all this extra snow so late in the season and especially with such a late start to the winter we didn't get much there in December," said Rachel Pomeroy from Westfield.
While winter may have started late...it's certainly dragging on, making people dress for the cold and not for spring.
"I wouldn't expect that I'd have to dress this warm during the spring months like this. I go to school and it's just really screwing things up. I want to be outside playing sports with my buddies, throwing around a football or something like that, but this cold weather is putting a damper on everything around here," said Colby Cousineau from Westfield.
This extension of winter has helped prolong the maple sugar season at Pomeroy's Sugar House in Westfield, where they expect to keep serving breakfast and tours of the evaporating room all the way through early April.
"We're kind of excited, compared to last year it's actually a gradual thaw. [It's] a little colder today than we'd like to see it, but for the most part we're doing fairly well. About three quarters of the way through the season and we've produced a good average amount of maple syrup this year," said Jim Pomeroy who works at the sugar house.
Despite our unusually cold start to spring, there are some signs that beginning in April, unusually warmer weather should get here.
The latest outlook for April, May and June from the Climate Prediction Center is for above average temperatures for much of the country including here in western Massachusetts.
As far as rain goes it should be close to normal for us the next few months, with dry weather in the Deep South in some of the same areas still suffering from drought.