It was an unexpected March snow storm that caught kids and their parents by surprise yesterday. "Staten Islanders awoke to a March surprise, with snow coating the streets in deep white bands, and falling thickly from the sky," added The Staten Island Advance.
"As the day wore on, with accounts of more than four inches on the ground by noon, it became increasingly apparent that the forecast of a lesser storm which would mostly skirt Staten Island had missed the mark," added the newspaper. "Motorists struggled with a treacherous morning commute -- the poor visibility and steady snowfall compounded by the fact that many of the borough's streets had yet to be plowed or salted."
An informal measurement outside the Advance's Grasmere offices at 1 p.m. showed six inches on the ground. However by today most of this snow had melted away in the springlike sunshine.
"But on Staten Island, the snow was also piling up, and plows seemed in short supply: Slick streets caused cars to slip and slide - frequently into each other - and the build-up on hillier, secondary streets had begun to make them nearly impassable," added The Advance. I was one of the teachers who attempted to drive to work and let me tell you the commute was a lot longer than usual, forcing me to arrive 20 minutes late.
"We have not seen a plow all morning," said somebody outside PS 35 in Sunnyside to The Advance, after watching parents struggle on steep Foote Avenue to drop off their kids.
However today in the seasonal March sunshine you would never know there was a snowstorm as the snow simply melted away. The groundhog predicted an early spring. I wonder if he was right!