With temperatures anywhere from 15-20 or more degrees above average, many are welcoming the warm December days of late.
However, it may not be worth the absence of snow.
The increased rain is one reason Maj. Craig Haggerty believes donations have decreased 26 percent for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive.
“When it rains outside, people just run by the stand and want to get out of the rain themselves and want to get into the store and stay dry,” says Haggerty.
But for Elmira’s budgets, especially the DPW’s budget, the warmth couldn’t be welcomed more.
“Certainly this has allowed us to save several thousands of dollars worth of materials and overtime at this point,” says Andy Avery, the Commissioner of Public Works.
“We’ve been very fortunate, to be about almost mid December and not get hit by snow, one for the people driving and two, for our budget.”
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Elmira is in store for a rather mild winter overall.