ELKINS - Residents, officials and even meteorologists throughout the Mountain State are suffering from winter fatigue and the recent smattering of snow has not brightened many spirits.
The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a winter weather advisory to last until 9 a.m. today that is expected to bring 2 to 5 inches of snow to Randolph, Pocahontas and Webster counties. Most of the snow was slated to fall overnight and into this morning with a chance of wind gusts up to 30 mph in some areas.
"We're going to see most of it tapering off by (today)," NWS meteorologist Liz Summerfield said Tuesday. "This has become something of a routine, with colder temperatures in the beginning of the week and a warm-up towards the weekend.
"I'd like to say this is the last one, but there could be another system like this next week. We'll have to watch and see. I sure am over it."
Summerfield isn't the only one tired of the weather. Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Terry George said he is definitely ready for spring.
"We are not anticipating any delays or cancellations at this time, but we are looking at the radar and keeping an eye on it," he said. "I think everyone is sick of (the winter weather)."
"Everybody is ready for the end of snow and warmer weather," Elkins Mayor Van Broughton said Tuesday. "With the conditions changing so rapidly, it's no wonder we are seeing more and more sick people. I think everyone is ready to put their snow shovels away and to dust off their lawnmowers."
"I thought the snow was over," said Katina Elbon of Mountaineer Home Care Services. "I'm ready to get out with my kids and play, but we have to be careful because with the weather fluctuating they can get sick. Spring can't get here fast enough."
Some residents have resigned themselves to the fact that spring will get here on its own schedule.
"It's March," said Kitty Ball of Elkins. "It just is what it is. We'll enjoy spring when it finally arrives."
The National Weather Service is calling for warmer conditions on Thursday and Friday with temperatures in the 60s. Although rain is expected over the weekend, Monday could be calm and clear with a high near 65.
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