Published February 15. 2014 4:00AM
It has been what you might call an old-fashioned winter. The cold has been persistent, the snow periodic and the misery index substantial.
It makes for beautiful rides through Connecticut's countryside, but be careful for black ice even after the plows clear and salt the roads, with what salt remains.
Rides commuting to and from work have not been so wonderful. It is difficult to appreciate pastoral splendor when the windshield is icing over and a tractor-trailer truck is passing by on a slippery highway.
Even most snow lovers have probably had enough to love.
Are the snow day announcements still exciting the children, or are they growing bored, the novelty worn off by more than a week's worth of cancellations?
The region did not get the worst of it during the latest 24-hour snow, sleet, rain, snow storm. About five inches of snow fell along our shores, weighed down by a several-hour intervention of rain, made icy for the Friday morning commute by a topping of snow and dropping temperatures. Six inches of snow fell in the northern reaches of the county. In the western end of Connecticut, however, totals averaged more than a foot. In Fairfield, 17 inches fell.
More snow is forecast today with a couple of inches predicted, a bit more possible. Once again, it will be cold and windy. But given the winter so far, what's a little bit more?
Snow days off for "non-essential" state workers - hold the snide remarks - seem to be happening with greater frequency. There was a time state workers were exempted from work for only the most severe of weather. The work cancellation pendulum may have swung too far.
On balance, however, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is doing a good job of staying on top of storm preparation, holding the periodic press conferences and making sure all those storm-weary voters out there know he cares. On Friday, Gov. Malloy announced the Department of Transportation would deliver road salt to municipalities that face shortages after 12 snow and ice storms. He is also asking for federal help in getting more.
Bad weather is politically dangerous, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio learned after getting roundly criticized for sending kids to school in the storm Thursday, then dismissing them in the midst of it.
The best news is the outlook from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center - from the middle of next week through month's end, it expects temperatures to average above normal. It's about time.