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    Photos: March Then and Now

    By By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    April 12, 2013, 5:14:21 AM EDT

    For those living in regions that are still feeling the effects of winter well into spring, it may seem hard to believe that around this time last year heat records were being shattered across the country. Much of the northern United States has a blanket of snow on the ground this March, when compared to practically no snow this time last year.

    A series of storms sweeping across the nation from the Northwest to the Northeast and at times dipping into part of the South has delivered near- to above-normal snowfall in many locations this winter and early spring.

    While the winter got off to a late start in many areas, once cold air became established later in January, the snow guns were armed. (Continue reading)


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    Last year at this time, less than 8 percent of the country had snow cover.


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    This year, nearly half of the nation is covered with snow.


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    "What a difference a year makes!" writes AccuWeather's Jesse Ferrell. "This time last year, I had flowers blooming, leaves budding, green grass and weeds growing in my yard here in Central PA! Today, I've got nothing but snow."

    Last year, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., saw the peak bloom on March 20. This year the peak is anticipated to fall somewhere between April 3 and 6.


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    This time last year the Crystal Mountain Resort in Michigan had opened their golf course. This year they are still skiing.


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    Facebook fan John Lanoue of Chesterville, Maine, submitted this side-by-side comparison of Locke Pond. On the left, we see open waters as a little remaining ice melts off March 24, 2012. To the right we see the pond on March 24, 2013. With over 2 feet of solid ice it's still thick enough for snowmobiling on. Lanoue writes, "it will be quite a while before the boats get launched!"

    Do you have photos comparing this March to last year's? Send them to us on Facebook.

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