Frightful certainly describes the weather outside this winter and going back into the late weeks of autumn.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 50 degrees and rain Wednesday, which may be enough to wash away the mountains of snow that have clogged parking lots for weeks. Dormant grass is likely to be exposed and the ice may even disappear on the Susquehanna River and upper Chesapeake Bay.
It's not every year the river freezes over, and in very few years are schools forced to close for 10 days because of snow, ice or cold or combination of the three. Indeed, there have been plenty of other times when February has brought not only blooms of crocuses, but also the yellow of forsythia bushes.
It's been a tough season, but there's every reason to believe winter's back is broken for the year. Sure, there may be a few last gasps (there was a year when the opening day of the Orioles season was marred by wet snow), but longer, warmer days are ahead.
Soon enough, it will be time to complain about the heat and humidity.