February wasn't my favorite month when I lived in the West Virginia. It's usually dark and cold. What little snow there was is now melting. It isn't spring yet, no matter how hard you wish it to be.
It is similar here. It is dark and cold. The snow in the mountains is an ever-present reminder that winter is still with us.
Grade schools, junior high and senior high schools have classes, but universities are out right now. That means that there are lots of meetings and time for preparation for next term.
Third-year students in 4-year colleges are out, but their search for jobs is also starting about now. Poor kids. The job situation is awful. Kind of like the weather now. Cold, dark, messy.