Late Season Storm Has People Ready for Spring

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 03/02 2014 09:28PM

Updated 03/03 2014 06:42AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The pool, baseball, and ice cream. They're all staples of summer, and all seemingly so far away.

"I'm sick of the snow," said Ryley Drennen, a St. Joseph man.

Drennen spent his morning making some extra cash by digging out from this late season storm.

With blustery winds, on top of already Arctic temperatures, wind chills in the city stayed well below zero throughout the day.

"It's hard to stay warm, but shoveling keeps you active so it makes you sweat a little bit too," Drennen said.

Drennen dressed in extra layers, which is something the Red Cross said is vital if you venture outside.

"You don't want to have anything exposed because hypothermia can set in very quickly," said Angie Springs, with the St. Joseph Red Cross.

That's something many people out and about today were cautious of.

Temperatures are expected to drop well below zero before any kind of warm up. It has the potential to be the coldest temperatures ever in March.

"If you do have to get out, make sure you have a supply kit in your car as well, essential food, that you have water, items to keep you safe if you were to get stranded," Springs said.

Many city streets and state highways were cleared throughout the day, but the cold temperatures stuck around.

If you want a small glimmer of hope to come out of all this cold and snow, the average high temperature on March 31st in St. Joseph is 61 degrees.

Spring is only a few weeks away.

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