Metro

Spring starts, but it doesn’t look like it

Today may be the first day of spring, but yesterday gave no indication of the coming change: A winter storm arrived in Eastern Massachusetts, dropping as much as a foot of snow in some areas.

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In Boston, a man leapt over a puddle at Clarendon Street and St. James Avenue in the Back Bay.

What now: Tennis shoes or winter boots?

Despite the arrival of spring, temperatures are expected to stay in the high 30s/low 40s and dip below freezing each night this week, and there is a slight chance of snow on Thursday. So now may not be the time to put away those winter boots.

. . . Sunglasses or ski goggles?

Fresh snow may have extended the ski season for many across New England. New snow and warmer days make spring the best time of year for many skiers, a spokesman for Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort told the Associated Press.

. . . Garden trowels or snow shovels?

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Despite a chance of snow this week, ambitious gardeners may begin to dust off their tools. David Epstein, a weather blogger for Boston.com, says cold weather crops such as peas and carrots can be planted by the end of March.

SOURCES: National Weather Service, Weather Underground