Since we had record-breaking temperatures in the 80s during the month of March, the temps have been quite normal. Basically, we have experienced 30s and 40s with fluctuations into the 60s. As I said, this is quite normal, but without any snow on the ground--it all melted during the heatwave--things just don't seem 'right.' And to make things even a bit more unusual, it really was a bit surprising to see snow actually stick to the ground here today. And that is something I never thought I would say. :)
At 7:30 this evening, here is what our yard looked like from our back porch:
You can't really tell from the pictures, but we have some hyacinths that have flowered near the side-fence and the chipmunk-replanted tulips are already quite high. It will be interesting to see what this snow will do to those plants. I'm not too concerned because these are all leftovers from years gone past, but I do worry about what this snow/cold will do to the just-emerging leaves on all of the trees. And I don't know what will happen to our neighbors' magnolia tree. It is/was in full bloom before this snow and it certainly isn't going to escape unscathed.
I am feeling fairly confident in proclaiming this the last measurable snow of this winter. If things had been 'normal,' I never would make such a declaration, but I don't fear saying as much this year. :)