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Winter says goodbye with a bit of white

March 19, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The last day of winter ended in a grand finale Wednesday as residents in the Tri-State area woke up to falling snow and a thin, wet layer coating lawns, shrubs and trees.

Spring officially begins at 8:55 a.m. today.

Though shoveling wasn't required, many folks had to brush off their vehicles before they could leave in the morning.

Most areas had less than an inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. Most of it had melted by mid-day.

State police in Pennsylvania and West Virginia reported a few minor accidents - mostly fender benders - in the early part of the morning. Franklin County officials reported two minor accidents but the drivers were not injured.


Except for a few icy patches, the roads remained clear but wet, police said.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service had forecasted that Tuesday's rain would turn over to snow as a cold front moved into the area.

No snow advisories were issued since less than four inches of snow was predicted, said Melody Hall, meteorologist.

The late snow wasn't a surprise to the weather officials or most residents.

"It's not uncommon to have snow on into April," Hall said.

Several people recalled having snow on past Easters.

Snow in early spring is often referred to as a "robin snow" or "onion snow."

The end of the week is expected to feel more like sSpring as temperatures climb into the 50s, Hall said.

Thursday will remain cloudy with high temperatures in the low 50s.

On Friday, expect fair skies with temperatures climbing to near 60, Hall said.

There's a chance of rain showers on Saturday and Sunday as another cold front approaches the area, Hall said. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s.

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