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KINGWOOD -

The calendar says March, but after North Central West Virginia's most recent winter storm, it doesn't seem like we are any closer to warmer weather as we were a month ago.

While many of us are looking for Spring to spring, Mother Nature has a tendency to remind us that winter isn't over just yet.

"I'm hoping this is the last one, the last big hoorah," said Beth Warnick of Kingwood. "I just need some sunshine, something along those lines. It's been just been such a dreary winter."

And a long one at that.

Last October, which was more than 125 days ago, Hurricane Sandy dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Preston County. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the snow season continued when an overnight storm left many places with up to 10 inches of snow.

"I think we dodged a bullet with it. You know, around Terra Alta, they did get about a foot. Here, we did get four, five, six inches in different areas," said Duane Hamilton, Preston County 911 director. "We only have about 25 people without power… We definitely feel fortunate with this storm that we didn't really experience any kind of trouble with it."

Easy storm or not, it's easy to be fed up with cleaning driveways and cars. Many, myself included, are dreaming of warmers days in the sun.

"Everyone around here I think is ready for a little green grass," said Hamilton.

"We camp down in Springfield and out Romney's way. We go down there fishing for awhile, camp out, and just have a lot of fun," said Kingwood resident Clyde Gibson.

"I work in Morgantown, so I drive back and forth, and when you have this wet snow, and what not, it makes travel a lot worse. But, there is a silver lining, instead of going to the gym this morning, I am plowing as many driveways as I can for exercise," said Warnick.

The first official day of Spring is March 20, so keep the boots, gloves, and shovels handy, because you just never know.