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Snowy start to spring in Vermont

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Spring has finally sprung, and there are some sure signs to prove it. Robins are out chirping away. And the sheep have arrived at Shelburne Farms. The annual tradition bids winter farewell.

"First, you have brown, all around you have brown. Do we have brown yet? We still have a lot of white, don't we, from all the snow," librarian Cally Flickenger read from a book to children.

So, some kids celebrated the changing of the seasons inside. Like at the Chamberlain Elementary School, where students are trying out their green thumbs to get the growing season going.

Spring officially kicked off Thursday at 12:57 p.m. ET. But it still feels a little bit like winter out here. The sight of sidewalks being plowed makes it easy to doubt the new season has arrived.

"At this point today, we are still cleaning up snow from the storm last week. And this time last year, we were actually sweeping streets with our street sweepers," said Adam Cate, who manages operations at the South Burlington Department of Public Works.

Cate says their summer road work is already delayed due to the prolonged cold weather.

"It's been a very long winter and the guys are certainly ready to do something other than move snow and ice, and work all the odd hours and I think the tedium of it has definitely run its course," Cate said. "So, we are ready to start building and do the summer stuff and not be bundled up."

But for proof that all this white will melt away, head on into a greenhouse, like at Paquette Full of Posies in Williston, where all you see is green.

"You just come inside here and you can smell the soil, the humidity level is high and you get to see occasionally these new bright colors blooming," Ron Paquette said.

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