Late winter storm brings smiles to some

By Matt Porter

March 19, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thomas Flanagan might have had his first day off from school this winter, but he's spending the day learning proper "snowman architecture."

"If it's too skinny under, than it will fall off, and that's what happened to ours," Flanagan said.

The fifth-grader showed his 6-year-old brother Devin how it's done as they carried the snowman's fluffy midsection into position.

Their mom had started packing up winter clothes when the snow began.

"It's taking us a little bit by surprise," Erinn Flanagan said, "But you never know in upstate New York what you're gonna get."

When he woke up, Thomas didn't know he'd be making snow angels later that morning.

"I thought we were done, but I was wrong," he said.

His little brother Devin was all smiles.

"I don't usually get to play in it that often," Devin Flanagan said, "And it's a school day, a snow day so it's kinda really fun."

The snow didn't stop older adults from warming up at the Norwich Diner's grand opening.

Leroy Randall was sipping a warm cup of coffee with his wife Sharon after shoveling early in the morning.

"The shoveling, it was definitely heavier and nastier," Randall said, "The other snows were nice powder."

Randall and his wife of more than 40 years said they know this late snow probably won't be the end.

"We're more than likely gonna get more snow, it's inevitable," he said. "But I don't think it will be that much, you never know with mother nature."

Ready or not, spring begins Wednesday.

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