Easter window decorations at Red Mountain Coffee are more like wishful thinking for management at the Snoqualmie Pass store.
The area expects nearly a half-foot of snow overnight even as the official start of spring arrives Thursday.
“It’s not really what we’d like to see for the springtime,” said manager Maria Milazzo.
Milazzo’s sale table is covered with half-off uneaten candy canes and reduced-price Christmas tree ornaments.
“People didn’t buy it because there weren’t a lot of people here,” she sighed. “We are cutting some employee hours. I myself am cutting my hours to keep going.”
Milazzo blames a late start to winter that she wants to end. The snow came too late for ski traffic, she says, and it’s staying to long for hiking to begin.
But not everyone’s ready for winter to end.
“I’ll be crying again til next year,” said Brian Nolan.
Nolan waited months to start the ski season in mid-January, now packing in as much powder time as possible.
“I think everyone in Washington was singing the blues at that time,” he remembered. “It’s coming down. It’s beautiful.”
Milazzo’s still flying a snowman flag but inside, she’s staring at empty seats, scarves that never sold, pizza that’s getting cold, and Spring décor she’d really like to see outside.
“Hopefully [winter] is going to be gone really soon,” she said. “It might not happen as fast as we would like to see the transition, but it will happen. We need the sun. Now is too late for the snow.”