Though spring officially starts Wednesday, snow-weary Hudson Valley residents will have to wait at least one more week -- and plod through yet another storm -- before warmer temperatures bloom.
Enduring another chilly day Sunday, patrons at the Runcible Spoon in Nyack said the seemingly endless winter was getting old.
"I'm really tired of it," said Bob Eckstein, 59, of Congers, who works outside and enjoys cycling.
Temperatures this week will be about 5 to 10 degrees below average, with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s, News12 meteorologist Dan Zarrow said Sunday.
What's more, the Hudson Valley region could receive a few inches of snow Monday evening and early Tuesday.
"Monday and Tuesday commutes are probably going to be not that pretty, and schools may have delayed openings," Zarrow said.
Last March was the warmest on record, but this year has been a combination of unseasonable cold and clouds, Zarrow said. On top of several snowstorms and superstorm Sandy, the weather has made for a weary winter and March.
"We've had an abundance of cold air, and we've had an abundance of cloudy days -- that combination has made it kind of cold and kind of nasty all month," Zarrow said.
Staying warm Sunday at Starbuck's in Nyack, Wendy Plump, 51, of Mahwah, N.J., said she worried the continued cold snap is a telltale sign of climate change.
"I think it's the start of more extreme weather to come over the next decades," she said. "I'm worried what it will be like in years to come, when my children are grown."
However, some New Yorkers seemed just fine with this winter.
"I love the cold," said Barry Gragg, 50, who'd cycled from Manhattan into Nyack for the day. "I was born and raised in Canada. This is tropical to me. Nice, warm mitts, neoprene boots, hot soup and I'm all set."
With D.Z. Stone