The Major League Baseball season is underway. Roads in Buffalo are dry and clear. Everywhere you look, there are signs of spring.
That is good news – unless you want to see a new seasonal snowfall record for Erie, Pa.
Buffalo's 199.4 inch snowfall of 1976-77 long went without serious challenge as most for any city beyond 100,000 population. For a little perspective, according to snow statistician Pat DeCoursey, Buffalo has "only" 105.4 inches this winter.
Yet Erie seemed ready this year to knock Buffalo from its epic perch, climbing to 192.3 inches of snow.
In late March, abruptly, Erie stalled.
To David Sage, retired lead meteorologist from the National Weather Service station in Buffalo, the chance of Erie piling up seven April inches seems awfully unlikely.
"I'm afraid I don't give it much hope," Sage said. While he put the odds at about 100-to-1, Erie loyalists have this one faint prayer:
In this town, the best way to bring snow is to say no more is coming.