Larson was more than happy to talk to someone, anyone, instead of counting the snowflakes on Tuesday, the day before the official start of spring.
“I bring work in with me when it’s like this,” she said as she stared out at the blowing snow from her perch at Skoops on Robbins Road in Grand Haven.
Business has been slow so far this season at Larson's four ice cream shops in Grand Haven and Spring Lake.
“Bored is an understatement,” she said.
Larson's father, Ray Murray, is normally making ice cream twice a week at this time of the year. Larson said she had to have him quit this week because there’s not a lot of business when the weather is still wintry.
In the summer, Murray has five busy days of making ice cream.
The normal high temperature for the Grand Haven area on the first day of spring is 46, National Weather Service meteorologist Evan Webb said.
Temperatures are expected to stay below normal for the next couple of weeks, although it should be sunny this weekend, Webb said. But there’s more lake-effect snow in the forecast for today and Thursday — up to 5 inches of it, the Grand Rapids-based meteorologist said.
There’s another chance of rain and snow for Sunday night, Webb said.
“I think we’re making up for last year,” said Rhiannon Wilson, as she hustled her daughter, Clara, 2, through the blowing snow at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA parking lot on Tuesday.
The temperature on March 20, 2012, was 82 degrees.
“That was way above normal,” Webb said.
Most of the high temperatures for March 20 in the past 10 years have been in the low to mid 40s. The coolest first day of spring, prior to this year, was 36 degrees in 2008. Warmer spring openers were in 2003 (60) and 2004 (55).
The Lakeshore area is probably not going to see warmer, spring-like weather for a while, Webb said. "Normal" early-spring weather might start happening in April, he said.