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Spring snow surprises many after long winter

Spring snow surprises many

ERWIN, Tenn. - Ball fields were silent and batting cages were empty. It was Mother Nature throwing the curve balls and snow balls on a spring day.

"I thought we were only supposed to get a half inch," Johnson City resident Bill Woodfin said. "But, it turned out to be a little bit more."

"At my house, there was about three inches of snow," Erwin's Mike Hensley said.

"It gets on your nerves," Woodfin added.

It even ruffled the feathers of many ducks and geese who apparently found an Erwin pond too frigid to dip their webbed feet in.

And they're not the only ones tired of winter. "Very tired," Jonesborough resident Jo Rolling said. "I'm from western New York, so I'm kind of used to it, but I'm ready for it to go away now."

"People get cabin fever," Hensley said.

"Well, I'd rather see the sun shining right now," Woodfin said. "Because that's a lot of my livelihood I work outside in it."

But even though some spring buds were buried and daffodils were dumped on, Old Man Winter's grip isn't expected to last long. People are taking comfort in the fact that we'll be swinging into spring for good really soon. "You know, it's going to go away and spring is going to come. It does every year," Rolling said.

"It's going to be nice, too," Woodfin said. "I get to go fishing, that's what I'm waiting on."

According to facts gathered by our StormTrack 5 Weather team and the National Weather Service, snow totals varied from as much as three to four inches in spots like Gatlinburg and Roan Mountain, to only a half inch in Greeneville.

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