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Photos: Signs of Alaska spring (buried in snow)

In the Mountain View neighborhood, a car is covered in fresh snow from an early April snowstorm. April 9, 2013
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Despite the snow, Arnell Busto walks home from school in Mountain View wearing shorts. April 9, 2013
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A man walks his dogs past a car buried in snow in Mountain View. April 9, 2013
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Jiovanni Franklin-Santacrose, left, and Jaron Williams play basketball at Jaron's driveway in Mountain View. April 9, 2013
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Icicles hang off of the Leake Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Mountain View. April 9, 2013
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With playgrounds buried in snow, children play in a tree in Mountain View. April 9, 2013
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Vehicles buried in fresh snow at Merrill Field. April 9, 2013
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Snow falls on prematurely distributed life preservers at Westchester Lagoon. April 10, 2013
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A man enjoys a warm spring ski on fresh snow on the Hillside trails near Hilltop Ski Area. April 10, 2013
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April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. But in Alaska those showers are sometimes snow showers. With enough snow already having fallen to push Anchorage into the top-10 snowiest Aprils on record, and cold weather hanging on in much of the state, spring seems at best a mirage -- a fantasy that Cheechakos brought with them from the Lower 48.

But while gardens and flowerbeds lie hidden under the snow, that doesn't mean we're hiding in our homes, basking in the glow of SAD lights or TVs.

Alaskans are a hardy bunch (even the ones in Anchorage), and we can be seen all over braving the snow and late-winter weather, enjoying the Great Land's version of spring. The sun, when it's out, is getting stronger and shining a bit more each day, after all. Kids are out in droves, doing all the normal spring things you might expect, like walking home from school in shorts, playing basketball in snow-covered driveways and climbing trees.

Some people even seem to be happy that winter is extending its reach into what the rest of the America considers spring. Skiers on the cross-country trails on Anchorage's Hillside were out in force, wearing sunglasses and smiling as they skied along well-groomed trails in the bright spring sun.

Contact Loren Holmes at loren(at)alaskadispatch.com