Winter Weather Fatigue Taking Toll on Ohioans

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Winter fatigue is taking its toll on people across Northeast Ohio, leading many to wonder if they'll be able to outlast a winter that seems never ending.

Sunshine and a fresh snowfall Sunday afternoon meant the perfect ingredients for sled riders and snowboarders at Edgewater Park.

The Robson family of North Ridgeville made the trek on snow-covered roads with one thing in mind: if you can't beat Mother Nature, join her.

"It didn't deter us," Janell Robson told Fox 8. "We just decided this was the plan for the day and we're gonna stick to it."

By Autumn Ziemba

While many have chosen to make the most of this brutal winter, others have admittedly succumbed to winter fatigue.

"I am tired of shoveling and driving in these conditions, and the brutal cold, going from 15 degrees--by the time it gets back to 15 degrees you feel warm because it's been five below, so, yeah it's been pretty harsh," said Lakewood resident Britt Ramsey.

Ramsey is far from alone in his frustration.

"Seems like (winter) lasts forever, especially this year," said Clevelander Jim Milligan.

The soundtrack of snow shovels on the sidewalk seem like a broken record in Milligan's west side neighborhood, though he admits he delayed taking care of the snow this week.

"It was quite hard today because there was eight or nine inches," he said.

After sundown, frigid temps and mounds of snow made simple evening errands tough to navigate.

"Tired of shoveling, tired of trying to do grocery shopping in the snow and the carts and sliding and the cars are sliding -- I've had enough," said Ann Schwarz of Lakewood.

And with so many weeks of winter left, it's getting harder and harder for many to find the silver lining.

"Everybody is tired of it," laughed Emilie Gurango of Lakewood, "but this is life here in Cleveland."


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