UTICA — "I am looking forward to spring — when it gets here."
That’s what Utica native Michael Waszkiewicz and several others at the Centro Transit Hub had to say about the past few months of cold weather that seems to never come to an end — though spring supposedly began March 20, at least that’s the rumor.
"The way to describe the weather is that there is a lot of jokes on the internet like, ‘No, it’s spring. No it’s winter. No ... it’s sprinter,’" Waszkiewicz said. "It feels like it is January. I mean, my car had frost on it — a whole sheet of ice. It’s kind of ridiculous. I kind of wanted to start planting a garden and I don’t even know when to start."
Take Sunday and Monday. Strong winds gusting to 40 to 50 mph knocked down trees and power lines, causing outages for thousands across the region. And then it rained, something it’s predicted to do the rest of the week.
For some, such as Kimberly Juliano, a U.S. Postal Service carrier who was outside making her rounds in East Utica, being outside and facing any kind of cold weather conditions is part of the job. She summed up her feelings in one word: "horrible"
"It’s not what I expected for April," Juliano said. "I could expect the rain but not the cold, but it is supposed to be in the 50s next week."
Even though it might feel like this cold weather is a bit odd to be stretched so far into this season, National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Tentinger said this is "not really that abnormal," and that "spring is coming."
"Some years it is a little bit more delayed than others, so we are kind of in the delayed spring mode this year," he said. "We have been on the cool side. It’s been a cooler than average start for April."
According to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, mixed rain showers are likely throughout the week with high temperatures topping out in the low to mid 40s. By Saturday and Sunday, we should see some sun at temperatures should climb to the low 50s.
"The pattern is going to kind of shift and that the cold air is going to move out," Tentinger said. "We are not going to look at any major warm-ups but it will be close to its near normal ... with rain showers at times and still a little bit cold to have some snow mixtures."