Spring weather to end

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By Jenny Hartley

The air in Lancaster was aromatic with the smell of charcoal and hamburgers on the grill Sunday, as residents enjoyed temperatures in the 80s.

Just a week ago, many residents were rushing to the store for a last-minute bread and milk run in preparation of a predicted 3 to 7-inch snowfall. The county got 2 to 4 inches of snow March 1 and 2.

The week has started off with mild temperatures, with a high Wednesday of 83, according to the National Weather Service. But on Thursday, temperatures will begin to cool, with a high of 57 predicted.

It will be chilly and rainy most of the weekend, with a high Friday of 47, and 51 on Saturday. Sunday’s high is expected to reach 55.

Lows over the weekend will be in the 40s. There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of showers Thursday night through Sunday.

With the ups and downs in the county’s weather lately, many residents are complaining of runny noses, sore throats and other cold symptoms.

But do weather changes really cause colds?

“Weather changes themselves don’t cause colds, but kids and adults who are expecting one type of weather and are inappropriately dressed for the chill can weaken their immune system, leaving them vulnerable to a cold or flu,” said Dr. Christy Green, of Morphis Pediatric Group.

Green said she is beginning to see an influx of patients complaining of another harbinger of spring – allergies.

“Spring allergies have begun with the first blooming of the dogwoods and now the pear trees,” Green said. “Even people without true allergies are experiencing congestion and stuffiness due to all the pollen and dust in the air.”

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151