It's officially spring on the calendar. People are planning their gardens. Parents are looking at summer camps for the kids. The Red Sox are playing. Residents are musing about the early signs of spring.
One problem -- winter won't seem to take the hint.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Friday in Hamilton, Wenham and much of the North Shore. No, it's not an April Fools trick. It's really expected to snow.
The advisory is issued because snow is expected but accumulations are expected to be light. The advisory runs from 8 p.m. on Thursday through 2 a.m. on Friday.
Wenham could see about 2 inches of new snow Friday after it first starts as rain. Residents are urged to use caution driving in the morning commute Friday with the possibility of snow and wet roads.
Wind may also be a problem, with expected wind of 10-20 miles per hour with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour throughout Friday. The weather service is also warning that if snow accumulates on trees it could pull down branches on to power lines, knocking out electric service.
The snow will likely continue into Friday night until around 9 p.m. The strong winds re expected to stick around for the weekend, with wind gusts up to 36 miles per hour on Saturday.