Everyone is tired of winter weather

By Katherine Tellez

March 2, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- People all over central Illinois woke up to more snow Sunday morning but it could have been a lot worse. The amount of snow fell short of what was expected.

"I'm ready for pool weather," said Lynn Cripe who shovels multiple driveways every time it snows.

That is what most people in central Illinois are thinking after the latest round of winter weather.

With the official start to spring less than 20 days away, everyone hopes the end is near.

"Hopefully we're done; maybe one more. I hope we're finished. This is the worst winter I've seen in 35 years. The '78/'79 winter, that was bad snow," Cripe said.

Every time it snows, Cripe shovels three or four driveways but this year he has a little help.

"I just got a brand new snow blower this year in anticipation of a bad winter," he said.

People digging out of their driveways aren't the only ones sick of the white stuff.

"It's been a long winter. Thankfully they're still holding up," said Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch. "You hear from everybody, 'we're ready for winter to be over with,' and it's amazing the people who plow the snow and work the snow, they feel the same."

City crews in Bloomington were prepared for the worst, expecting up to 8 inches in some areas.

But with only half that amount falling, they got a bit of a break and so did their salt supply.

"Thankfully this was a good event for us," Karch said. "Because the snow came down all at once. It's pretty much a plowing event. And then once your done plowing you make one more pass with the salt and you're able to go into residential sections. So this was really a great event from a salt standpoint."

But salt will become a challenge if mother nature keeps throwing snow our way.

So everyone hopes winter is coming to an end.

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