It's almost impossible to find anything that just about everyone sees eye to eye on these days, but one point that seems to have garnered almost universal agreement is the weariness of this never-ending winter and a cacophony of voices screaming "enough already."
Tuesday's winter weather advisory and warnings of possible ice and snow was just the latest in a string of similar events that have drained even the most ardent lover of cold and snow. We may have reached our breaking point, but with the calendar turning to March there already are signs that Mother Nature is loosening her grip and spring is on its way.
The temperature is creeping upward. And we are seeing more days that are above freezing. And even a degree or two above 32 can seem like a heat wave after what was the third coldest month on record for the Baltimore region, according to the National Weather Service.
February ended with an average temperature of 25.3 degrees. That's the coldest we've had for a February since 1934. It was also the coldest month of any dating back to 1989.
The cold was bad enough, but the winter weather has been just as bad. While we haven't had the massive snowfalls that we've seen in some recent years, it seems that just about every forecast for bad weather came right around rush hour, complicating our drive to work or our trip home.
Tuesday's predicted snow and ice was expected to turn to rain overnight. (We'll see this morning if that held true.) And warmer air is expected to come in to the region today.
But we aren't done yet. More colder weather is expected in the coming days and, if we hold to how the rest of this winter has been, we're sure to get some snow or ice to go along with it – likely right around the time we're heading off to work or home after a long day.
Still, the warmer temperatures are creeping into the forecasts more often, and we are fast approaching the end of that six-week winter period that Punxsutawney Phil told us back in early February that we would have to endure.
Soon enough it will be time to get out in the garden, plant the flower beds and fire up the lawn mower; a prelude to the summer months when we can all start lamenting how hot it is, and how glad we'll be when the weather turns a bit cooler.