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North Country is a fan of the mild winter

Residents say they don’t miss the snow that has yet to fall

Kamie St. Germaine and Alysha Relation wish there was enough snow to take out the snowmobiles.

Kamie St. Germaine and Alysha Relation wish there was enough snow to take out the snowmobiles.

— As the region braces for a rather tame snow storm a month before spring, area residents offered their input on the mild 2011-12 winter.

“It's crazy,” said Kamie St. Germaine of Plattsburgh.

She was surprised to wake up and find snow on the ground. But like always, it's there briefly and then disappears.

It would be nice to pull out the snowmobiles for a ride, St. Germaine said.

“It is what it is, I guess,” she said.

At the same time, she admitted she has enjoyed the way this winter has turned out.

“Short.”

Her friend, Alysha Relation of Beekmantown has not liked this winter's weather.

“I love having the snow and to be able to go on a four-hour ski-do ride with the family,” she said. “My grandfather has got 10 ski-dos ready to go.”

And it would be nice to hunt.

“But you can't even track the animals.”

She thinks pollution is the culprit and everyone should purchase a Toyota Prius, a hybrid vehicle that is safer for the environment.

Kerri Sanders, on the other hand, is thoroughly pleased with winter 2011-12.

She is not a fan of the snow and doesn't like being cold or having to shovel.

“I have been doing more outside activities this winter, like walking.”

But she wouldn't call this a mild winter.

“It has been no winter,” Sanders said.

She said that cautiously though, and wonders what March and April will bring.

Sanders also wonders if pollution could be behind the odd weather.

Across the northeastern United States temperatures have felt more like spring than winter.

In fact, just before this past weekend's snowfall, many people were seen outside in short sleeves with temperatures reaching 60 degrees in New York City.

“I really don't mind the mild winter,” said Mary Leonard. “I am not a winter person.”

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