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By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Clouds filled the skies over South Georgia again this weekend. For many long time residents, it's just another day in the strangest winter that they've ever seen.

Barbara Harris of Albany said, "I've never seen one like that in Albany."

And when you tell them that the temperatures in Albany have been below the normal this Winter, they're not exactly stunned.

"I would not be surprised at all," said Harris.

Even for more recent arrivals the constant cold weather presented problems as well.

"I just wanted to get outside and play," said 7 year old B.G. Harris.

But while the playground equipment wasn't getting much of a workout this winter, the rain gauges certainly were. In December nearly 7 inches of rain fell, causing local creeks to spill over their banks. But this past Winter wasn't all bad.

"We built a snowman, we had snowball fights," said 8 year old Parker Matre of Leesburg.

Parker and her family could do that without packing a suitcase because Albany picked up 2" of the white stuff on February 12th. It was the city's first measurable snowfall in more than 30 years, and it turned everyone into a kid again.

"The whole family was playing in the snow," she said.

The wild swings that we saw during the winter were fun for both young and old, but now most people that we talked to are looking forward to Spring.

With it being so cold for so long, you can't blame most South Georgians if they're feeling a real need to get outside.

Barbara Harris said that she's: "going stir crazy with all of the kids."

Now both young and old can't wait for a little sunshine and some warm temperatures.

"I'm looking forward to getting out in the garden."

And while the warmer weather might seem to be coming at a turtle's pace, you can be sure that it will be here eventually.

According to Meteorologists, a big part of the reason for the cold and wet Winter was El Nino. Unfortunately for people who are looking for a little warm and dry weather, March is again expected to be colder and wetter than normal.

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