Updated: 04/01/2014 6:38 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 6:20 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
A chorus of snow blowers isn't exactly what most people hope to wake up to on the first day of April, but much of the Northland did.
"I thought it was just foggy at first and I let my dog out and realized it was really windy and snowing," said Ryan Timmerman, a grad student at UMD.
Mother Nature is kicking off the month with snow, fierce wind, and icicles.
In Jim Olson's 25 years with the United States Postal Service delivering mail, this is a first.
"This is the hardest winter of my career," he explained. "I've never in April seen banks that high."
Usually in April, Olson says there is a little hope of spring while he walks door to door.
"I can start seeing grass, people are getting ready to golf and the ball teams are ready to be out," he said.
But most home plates in the Northland are deep under snow.
So is Mother Nature just playing one big April Fool's joke?
"I don't like jokes on April Fool's, not with the snow," said Olson.
The joke seemed to fall flat over much of the northland, but there are still a few happy to see the snow.
"I actually like snow and I don't mind it and I hope to get some more skiing in this year," said Heather Buchholz. "I think come May 1 if it's snowing still, I'll start to wonder."
Just as long as the snowstorms don't keep coming like last April.
"That was tough, too, 50 inches of snow. Hopefully, that won't be a repeat this year," said Olson.
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