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As Another Snowstorm Hits, Long Islanders Fed Up With Winter

SYOSSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- Long Islanders were saying "enough already" Thursday as yet another snowstorm hit the area, and some towns have also been hit with serious concerns about road salt shortages.

The white stuff fell hard and stuck to the main roads and side streets all day Thursday, 1010 WINS' Carol D'Auria reported.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 7 p.m. Four to 8 inches were expected to fall on Long Island.

As CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reported, the South Shore got the most snowfall on Long Island Thursday, but the North Shore got socked too. The snow blowers and shovels.

As Another Snowstorm Hits, Long Islanders Fed Up With Winter

Nassau County officials warned drivers about road icing and reduced visibility on highways, and some schools were closed for the day.

And residents were just sick and tired of the winter misery.

"When it's over and over every week, and it's just gotten to be too much," said John Morloca of Seaford.

Donna, an artist, said it's inspiring to paint the snow, but she doesn't like to get out in it.

"I don't like shoveling it," she told D'Auria. "I think it's too cold."

As Another Snowstorm Hits, Long Islanders Fed Up With Winter

Don from Syosset was looking forward to his trip to Florida later this week.

"I hate it," he said of the snow. "It's killing me. My garage doors freeze. They sometimes shut. Sometimes they don't."

It seemed everyone was hoping Thursday's snowstorm would be the last one of the season, WCBS 880's Mike Xirinachs reported.

Sue from Merrick was among those looking forward to spring, which officially starts in 15 days.

"No more boots," she told Xirinachs. "No more heavy coats. No more mittens. Seeing grass. Grass! What's that?"

The seemingly never-ending winter has made for some practical concerns too. Salt has been running critically thin in some municipalities – including the Town of Brookhaven, where dwindling supplies are being mixed with sand just to make it through the night.

"What I'm really concerned about is the temperatures tonight into tomorrow," said Town of Brookhaven Supt. of Highways Daniel Losquardo. "Anything that's on the road; anything that does get hard-packed and freezes, is not going to melt."

The Town of Hempstead has learned lessons about salt shortages. The town now stockpiles salt early in the season, when it's cheaper, and it never goes bad.

"We didn't want to get into that kind of a tug and pull, and a waste of taxpayer dollars, so we did it early on when there wasn't a problem," said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray.

New York State contracts with many towns for road salt. The Office of General Services said its goal is to ensure that no one runs out, and those who need it most get it as fast as possible.

Back-to-back storms also took a toll on businesses. A Massapequa barbershop staffer said the customers were "sitting home" and traffic was down 50 percent.

And even kids worry they might have to make all the lost school time up

"I'm worried that summer will be shorter," said pupil Jamie Ranft of Seaford.

"School's tough enough for them," said parent Amber Ranft. "They don't need to be missing."

One little boy named Peter was somehow excited about the repeated snowstorm, saying, "I like winter."

But Peter is only 5. For most of the rest of us, the countdown is on to spring – which begins on March 20 at 6:46 p.m.

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