No fanfare for first day of spring

  • Malisa Bruno turns a cartwheel while frolicking in a field of mustard at the Brown Farm, in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Thursday's official start to spring is likely to go unnoticed on the North Coast, where the weather has had people donning shorts and flip-flops for some time now.

At Santa Rosa Ski and Sports, customers have been scooping up bathing suits and other beachwear, said salesman Ian Ferguson.

"It seems kind of early," he said.

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Ferguson said the store is still organizing a bus trip to Tahoe on March 29 for one last fling on the ski slopes. But exactly which resort they'll head to has yet to be decided. Homewood, the original destination, is closing Sunday for lack of snow.

Amelia Richmond, a spokeswoman for Squaw Valley, said there's still plenty of snow on the mountain for a late-season outing. The resort is hosting the U.S. National Ski Championships this weekend.

But just in case the skiing doesn't pan out, the resort is planning to open its mountain-top hot tub this Saturday, Richmond said.

"We're working on a great lineup of spring parties as well as great deals for pass holders from other resorts who want to get in on all the fun," she said.

North Coast residents don't have to venture far to take advantage of the boffo weather. In Santa Rosa, high temperatures are expected to be in the 70s at least through Sunday, while at the coast, sunlight should dapple the water.

"It's going to be really nice," said Diana Henderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

She said there's a slight chance of rain starting Monday night, but any rain clouds should clear out by Wednesday.

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