This is the time of year when those of us in the more Northern climes are pretty much done with the snow and cold. Even the most die-hard winter-lover will be yearning for spring by mid-February. The big "snow events" are not special or exciting anymore.
The snow that is left is crusty with road grime or pocked with prints. It's no longer the pristine white blanket that charmed us when it first fell. Parking lots have enormous two-story snow mountains that will remind us well into April what we suffered. Winds are more biting. Sun is more fleeting. And through it all we know, we KNOW, that spring -even by the calendar- is still over a month away.