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Is Spring Here Yet? Hope Around The Corner

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By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

MINNETONKA, Minn. (WCCO) — Do the piles of snow and plummeting temperatures seem a little too familiar this year? We’ve seen all kinds of snow and on top of that we’ve had a lot of cold temperatures too. So with it being March 1, we found ourselves thinking, it’s got to be almost over, right?   

Well, technically spring will be here in just 20 days and if you look close enough you can find small signs of spring all across the Twin Cities.

One look at Tonkadale Greenhouse in Minnetonka and you know spring is just around the corner.

“This is my happy place when I come here. It just gets me in that mood too,” said Lisa Lacombe, who was shopping for flowers at Tonkadale on Tuesday.

The greenhouse has been getting plants from all over the country. In just a couple weeks, the smallest buds will be blooming and the colors popping.

“Oh, the colors just make me get anxious for the snow to be gone and start planting,” said Lacombe.

“After a long, cold winter, we certainly look forward to this,” said Tonkadale manager Steve Risan. “Through all kinds of times, it seems people in this area just love spring, and I haven’t seen anything yet that will stop them from coming and enjoying the flowers.”

There are a few spring things we can all look forward to in the Twin Cities. In March, our average high temperature goes up about 15 degrees, so by April 1, we’re looking at a high temperature near 50 degrees.

Even before that, daylight savings time hits in just two weekends, so our sunsets will happen later in the day, near 7 p.m.

More people will be out running Minneapolis lakes once the snow melts but it might not happen for a while.

March is often the second-snowiest month, with an average of 10 inches of snow.

And with all the snow this season, coupled with continually cold temperatures, lakes in the Twin Cities likely won’t thaw until mid-April.

“Today the sun and March 1 and I’m getting a little antsy,” Lacombe said. “So I’m hoping it’s less than a month before I see the ground!”

It just can’t come soon enough for Minnesotans with their minds on our next season.

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