Just as everyone is getting their yards ready for Spring. Just as the Easter holiday is coming upon us. Mother Nature has to let us know one last time that we got off easy this past Winter.
Winter Storm Warnings were issued for Southeastern New England on Sunday, March 20th for Sunday evening and Monday morning. According to local TV Weathermen, the bulk of the storm was to hit us during the Monday morning rush hour with snowfall rates of 1-2″ per an hour, with total accumulations of 3″-10″ depending upon where you were. Most schools in the State of Rhode Island cancelled classes for Monday in heed of the storm and some businesses delayed openings for up to 2 hours.
Guess what? It never happened! Although the state did receive some snowfall, none of which stuck to any pavement and/or sidewalk, roads remained only wet on Monday morning with only light snowfall occurring. At storms end, there was a total accumulation of 1.5″ in Providence (Which was the first district in the state to cancel Monday classes.) to a whopping 6″ recorded in Burrillville, I would like to know where, because I live in Burrillville and we were lucky to have had 3″ on the ground at 7:30am.
As always, School Administrators over-reacted to the situation. Rather than waiting for the storm to take shape and see exactly what we were going to get, they, again, instantly cancelled classes which will need to be made up in June.
With it now being mid-March, this will most-likely be the last measurable snow for the 2015-16 season and we should start looking for the warmer temperatures associated with Spring and Summer. Forecasters are predicting for temperatures to be “Well-Above Normal” for the months April – August.