CLEVELAND, Ohio — On the day Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow predicting an early spring, Clevelanders experienced a real wintry day.
The Alberta Clipper that blew through Saturday was an equal distributor of snow. That made for slow going across Northeast Ohio.
Anthony Smith found himself doing a lot of shoveling and clearing the area around the pumps at The Lucas Auto Center in Lakewood.
But he said he didn’t mind it.
“It keeps the day moving,” he said. “You know, keeps us busy. Getting outside is a lot better than me stuck inside all day at a desk. Personally, I like it.”
Jim Lucas, owner of the Lucas Auto Center, said he likes when it snows.
“That’s pennies coming down,” said Lucas. “We do snow plowing, too.”
Lakewood service workers found themselves unexpectedly outside Saturday fixing a water main break that left about 20 homes without water on Bunts Road.
“Just blew out due to the age and the weather,” said worker Scott Grenig. “Between all this hot and cold weather we’ve had, with the ground shifting.”
Three weeks ago, it was warm enough to break out the golf clubs at The Big Met Course. On Saturday, folks were breaking out the skis and the sleds.
Mollie Leach and Mike Harrington, both of Lakewood, tried cross-country skiing for the first time.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” said Leach. “It’s not very easy if you’re just a beginner. It keeps you warm, that’s for sure.”
Debbie Chapman, of Fairview Park, was actually disappointed that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. Right now, I’d like to see more winter. I’d like to do more skiing.”
Northeast Ohio is measuring about a foot below the average snowfall for this time of year.
As for the ground hog’s prediction, the area will just have to wait and see what happens.
“I’d like an early Spring, but I think we might catch up with the snowfall in the next day or two,” Harrington said.
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