Wintry weather for now, but wait until the end of the week
The winter that wouldn't leave may actually be on its way out.
According to Mike Kistner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, a spring nor'easter that forecasters feared might dump heavy, wet snow on the Granite State seems to be staying far enough offshore to spare most winter-weary folks another dance with the snow shovels.
"We might see one to three inches in Rockingham County," said Kistner, "but a little ways inland there won't be much more than an inch if anything."
Kistner said that for the nor'easter to become a major storm event, the system would have to shift 50 to 75 miles to the west, which is in the "realm of possibility," but not likely.
Cold temperatures will be hanging around for the next few days. On Wednesday, gusty winds will bring February-quality chills, Kistner said.
"This storm seems to be the last disturbance we're going to see for a while," he said. By the end of the week, temperatures start climbing again; highs should be well into the 40s and 50s in southern parts of the state by next week.
"Another bout of extreme cold is not likely again," Kistner said. "It looks pretty nice out there for the next 10 days."
No snow is good snow for landscapers like Mark Arsenault of Green Monster Landscaping in Sanbornville. Though he makes some money by plowing in the winter, having snow on the ground going into April is not what he wants to see.
"You're going to find very few landscapers who want more snow," Arsenault said. "This winter is just dragging on, delaying mud season and the start of our busy season."
At this time last year, Arsenault's company had already begun construction on a beach project. This year, a similar project will have to wait.
"There's just too much snow this year to get started early," he said.
Brian Boudreau, a manager at Dirt Doctors in Pembroke, said the landscaping supply company still has plenty of sand and salt available in case more snow falls, but the shipments of mulch the company sends to nurseries around New England are being held up by the weather.
"We were making regular shipments of mulch by the second or third week of March last year," Boudreau said, "but this year we haven't been able to ship much at all. Winter doesn't want to leave."
The cold temperatures have been brutal for people in the industry, Boudreau said.
"But once it breaks, it breaks, and we'll start seeing things warm up," he said.