Signs of spring after our long winter

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – While there are a few winter lovers still hanging on, the overall impression is that the majority of people feel like this man:

“I can’t wait until it goes. I’ve had enough of winter now,” said Kevin Belder from Chicopee.

With less than two weeks until the start of spring, winter is still hanging on in the form of giant snow piles and snow covered park benches.

Temperatures jumping into the 40s on Saturday did help the mood, somewhat.

“It’s been great today so far. It’s been excellent. Sun is shining, a couple clouds, but that’s okay…It’s been awful. I hate to complain about things and I’m not going to complain about the heat this summer that’s for sure,” said Anne Marie Doyle from Springfield.

Our mini warm-up came the same weekend that clocks spring forward one hour.

The beginning of Daylight Saving Time doesn’t really add an hour of daylight it just shifts it from morning to the evening on what is technically the shortest day of the year, lasting only 23 hours.

While Daylight Saving Time means losing an hour of sleep, most are very ready for this sign of spring.

“It makes the day longer and it doesn’t feel like when five o’clock comes around and gets dark you feel like the day is over, but with that extra hour-and I know the kids are looking forward to it,” said Tony Caputo from Longmeadow.

With temperatures in the 40s, lengthening days and stronger sunlight, it seems there are a few signs of spring before it officially arrives March 20th.

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