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St Patrick's Day may bring an end to snow in southern New England, but this means mud time begins....and so does maple sugaring.


Traditional wisdom holds that after St. Patrick's Day (March 17, not a holiday) in the southern New England states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island), there will be no more big snowstorms—but traditional wisdom is occasionally wrong.

In any case, ski areas in the northern states (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine) have plenty of snow until April.

Late March and early April are "mud time" in much of New England, when warming days and chill nights produce partial thaw in the fields and on the hiking trails.

Farmers take advantage of the warming weather and rising sap for "sugaring off," tapping their maple trees for sap and boiling it down to make maple syrup.

Some country inns and sugar houses provide glimpses of the maple sugaring process. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan



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Half-frozen river, New England

The Concord River in Concord MA, mostly frozen still in March of a very cold winter.

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