By Rick Dayton

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – This may come as a bit of a shock, but Thursday is the first day of spring.

After the snowy beat down we endured this year, it is no surprise to hear people cannot wait for winter to be gone.

When you live and work in Pittsburgh, you have to be prepared for anything, particularly the cold weather.

But, people are already realizing that today is the last full day of winter.

“It doesn’t feel like it. I’m just ready for spring to come and have some sunshine and I think everybody is around the city, so I don’t know. I’m just ready for winter to be gone, at least for a couple of months,” Samantha Mroz said.

The numbers tell the story.

Pittsburgh got more than five feet of snow this winter, which is almost two feet more than normal.

“The snow, the cold, lack of salt to keep up with the streets, trying to get around,” Dawn Florence said.

Imagine the people who worked in it for the past four months. Some service workers say they don’t mind the cold, but Ray Colalella is not one of them.

So, with the hopes of warmer weather on the horizon, when is it appropriate to break out the flip-flops and other warm weather gear?

“I’d actually like to start now, but realistically, I’d say another month,” Patti Johnston said.

At least we can be happy that the official start of spring is nearly here.


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