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Aberdeen Twist Cone opens despite winter weather

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Aberdeen received about an inch of snow Wednesday on top of the nearly 10 inches that fell earlier this week.

While the piles of white snow makes the city look like the middle winter, a local landmark kept their windows open to remind everyone that it truly is spring.

"People are pretty excited because they mark spring by when we open and fall by when we close," said Lee Klitzke, the owner of Twist Cone in Aberdeen.

For 43 years, the Twist Cone's open neon open light has been a sign that winter is over. The outdoor restaurant usually opens the second Wednesday in March,

While there's usually some snow on the ground, this year is a very different story.

"Usually we'll have a little snow pile out in the corner, but this is the most snow that I've seen in all the years I've worked here," said Twist Cone employee Sara Bokelheide.

"It's not been easy, just slows down traffic a lot plus the snow and all of that to move which costs money," said Klitzke.

But many people say no matter how cold it is outside, ice cream is always welcome.

"We see people whether its pouring rain come in, we see people when it's snowing...a lot of them say that they can't stay away no matter how cold it is," said Bokelheide.

"People complain about the cold and its probably pretty cold out but when it's 100 degrees in the summertime, they think back to times like this and you wish you had them again," said Twist Cone customer Gary Gardener.

While Twist Cone's loyal customers are willing to stand in the snow, Klitzke says he can't wait until the long lines of summer.

"You just got to hope for it to change; it has to change sometime--some days it doesn't seem like it, but it will come," said Klitzke.

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