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Explaining Wild Winter Weather

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SALISBURY, Md. - For many, it may seem like we're facing one of the toughest winters ever.

"It's been pretty bad," Nate McIntyre said as he shoveled his driveway in Ocean Pines. Similar sentiments were shared in Salisbury.

"Horrible. It's so cold," Will Langston said.

So what's causing the continued snow fall, and how does it stack up against other winters? Is there something different is in the air?

"It's definitely been unusual for the peninsula 46 in the sense that we've seen an extended amount of snow longer than we usually see," said WMDT's Chief Meteorologist Travis Michels.

And he points to a few key things that are at play, making this winter a bit different. First: repetition.

"What we've seen this winter is system after system moving in back to back to back, but not giving us 13 inches of snow or even ten inches of snow," Michels said. "Its a little three inches, a little four inches that after a while becomes pesky."

McIntyre agrees. Instead of being inside a classroom, he's outside in the cold, again.

"It's the fourth or fifth time I've had to shovel snow, and it's really annoying."

The season is also being impacted on a national level by the Polar Vortex.

"It's always been there, and it ended up breaking away and sliding south a little bit more," Michels said. "It's happened before and it will happen again."

But this time, it pulled in such severe cold air, places in the Midwest saw record lows well into the negative 30s and 40s. But here on Delmarva, it was a different story.

"We probably didn't break too many records, but in my mind we have," Langston said.

And he's right, it's all relative.

"Out of 119 seasons that we've kept records for, Maryland had its 45th coldest winter, Delaware had the 68th coldest winter."

So despite how the cold and snow may have struck you, it's not as bad as it seems. And some relief is just around the corner. Michels offers this bit of hope.

"I think it will be a little cooler through the spring, but it's not going to be extreme by any means."

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