Students at a northern Michigan university are getting ready to mark this week's long-awaited end of winter with the traditional burning of the snowman.
 
Lake Superior State University says the 40-year custom will repeat at noon Thursday.
 
Spring officially arrives that day in the northern hemisphere at 12:57 p.m.
 
The university says students and maintenance employees build the 10- to 12-foot-tall snowman "mostly from paper destined for the recycling bin, along with a wood and wire frame.''
 
Lake Superior State says this year's ceremony will mark another transition on the Sault Ste. Marie campus. It says that school President Tony McLain hands off the torch to light the snowman to his successor, Thomas Pleger. The presidential change takes place in July.