It seems strange to be predicting an early spring when we are on the eve of a major snowstorm. But you have to realize that snow is just a normal part of spring in this part of the country. What makes it more spring-like, with three weeks to go until the official start of spring, is the temperature. Although some cold days are predicted, we're having many more days with above-freezing daytime highs, and many fewer nights in the teens.
Which means that winter will soon give way, and before we know it summer will come. When I will be writing less about the weather.