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Spring Starts Snowy

Many awoke to a snowy first day of spring. Some towns picked up a foot of snow!
SHARON, Vt. - Forget a fresh blanket of flowers, spring arrives for much of Eastern Vermont with a fresh blanket of snow!

"I woke up to six inches of snow and I had to shovel out my car. I was not enjoying it at all," said one woman shopping in Sharon Thursday.

Snowfall was even more impressive in New Hampshire, where some ski areas picked up close to a foot.

For Reuben Sotak of Honey Brook Fine Furniture in Sharon, spring's snowy arrival meant another day of limited business.

"I'm cleaning snow all day," Sotak said.

Fighting the growing snowbanks also requires extra money, but for Sotak that's not the most frustrating part.

"It's more time and effort,” he said.

Across the street, VTRANS crews also battled the snow clearing storm drains to prevent street flooding.

As this month has proved, there's nothing unusual about snow in March. The problem is that we've all become so spoiled with past early springs, like 2012, featuring temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

"I think its more of a old fashioned winter from years ago," Sharon Road Foreman Tim Higgins said.

His crews have been out straight for months now.

"It's been more taxing on the guys, you know with the hours and the time they've had to put in."

Despite the extra efforts Sharon has managed to stay within its snow removal budget- until now.

The town just had to order a new batch of salt, and that will put Sharon in the red.

"What I would hope is to have summer. I'm ready for that. I know my guys are ready for a change of pace."

Not everyone was disappointed by Thursday's snow. Some still welcomed it.

"I feel like I've not had my fill of winter yet," said a high school student in Sharon.
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