There is more snow predicted for next week, but at least according to the calendar spring arrived on Thursday morning, capping what has proved to be a historic winter, with record numbers of storms, blizzards, cold snaps and snowfalls.
New York City recorded a balmy 57 degrees Thursday, quite a distance from the subzero temperatures recorded on several days over the past few months.
According to Accuweather, temperatures during the last three months have averaged 2.7 degrees below normal in the New York City area. More than double the average amount of snow has fallen, with 57.4 inches of snow so far, compared to a normal to date of 23.7 inches. Buffalo recorded a whopping 121 inches.
But more snow is tentatively projected for the middle of next week, although it may turn into a rain shower. It may take another month until real spring leaps in.
However, for the approximately 1 million New York City residents who suffer from seasonal allergies, it’s possible they are already feeling the effects, according to CBS News.
“Precipitation, all that rain and snow, record temperatures, a lot of good stuff for those root systems of trees and plants — they’re primed and they’re ready to go. And they’re already releasing their pollens earlier,” said Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director at Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. “All of these things point to earlier allergy seasons and these seasons a getting people unsuspectingly. They don’t realize they’re coming in. They don’t have colds and sinus [infections]. They have seasonal allergies.”