And after the snow ... allergy season

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One advantage of a lingering winter: Allergy season has been delayed.

But it's coming soon, and it could be worse than past years for allergy sufferers, WCCO reports.

Allergy season typically starts on March 17 in the metro, as pollen and mold take to the air, WCCO reports. This season started April 1. WCCO has four common allergy season mistakes.

Dr. James Lakin with the Minnesota Allergy and Asthma Clinic explains some of the reasons this season could be worse. Among them: "Here in Minnesota we’ve had a fairly long winter with lots of snow but we have not had much of those brutal sub-zero temperatures. Consequently as spring approaches the plant root systems should be pretty healthy. Give them a good drink of melted snow water and the trees and grasses should be ready to pollenate and bloom abundantly."

CNN noted that the Twin Cities are not ranked in the top 10 worst allergy cities for 2013, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Allergy Capitals list. But one Minnesota city made the top 100: Minneapolis is No. 60 (63 last year).

Generally speaking nationwide, a number of environmental factors are likely to make allergy seasons worse in the coming years, NBC News reports. Experts say that an earlier arrival of spring (elsewhere in the nation) and a longer growing season, along with more precipitation and humidity from storms, contribute to the increased persistence of allergens, NBC reports.

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