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New England's climate is not moderate , as you'll discover if you visit in winter. Go skiing!



A New England winter may be bitterly cold, but at least the gray snowy days alternate with brilliant, crisp, sunny days when the air is cold but the sun's warmth brings people out of their homes to enjoy winter sports.

Winter varies greatly from year to year, and from northern New England to southern New England.

Freezing temperatures (dipping below 32°F/0°C) arrive in northern New England in November, and in the south in early to mid-December.

n the winter of 1976-77, the region had six inches of snow in November, which is early. The first flurries usually come to southern New England and the lower elevations in the north in mid-December, when hopes are high that the snow will enhance good skiing during the holiday season.

If there is no snow, but the weather is particularly cold, New Englanders like me hope for five or six days below freezing so the ponds will freeze for good ice skating.

Once the big snowfalls come and cover the ponds, skating may be over.

Sometimes wishes for snow are too well answered, as in the Blizzard of 1978, which piled six-foot (two-meter) drifts of snow all over Boston in a few days, closing the city for a week.

The Blizzard of January 2005 was just as bad, but it was forecast well in advance, and so caused less disruption.

January and February are cold and snowy, with temperatures ranging from around freezing (32°F/0°C) to -10°F or -20°F/-25°C to -30°C, or even lower at higher elevations in northern New England, with even colder wind-chills.

If New England's climate is feeling especially benevolent, it gives us a brief mid-winter thaw in January or early February.

March is also cold, though often less bitter. The skiing may be quite good through April, when temperatures being to moderate into spring.

Those who aren't skiing take advantage of the cities' cultural season, perhaps escaping to a country inn somewhere in the snow-clad mountains for a weekend.

New England's Climate




Foliage Season

Indian Summer

Mid-Winter Thaw

Mt Washington Weather

Tom's New England Almanac

Festivals & Holidays




Frozen Concord River, Concord MA

In a bitterly cold winter, some
New England rivers freeze solid.

Snow Tracks, Concord MA

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