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Warm Weekend Weather: Winter Finally Over?

It was a treacherous season, but the page is truly turning to spring this weekend.




    Two months ago, we set a record with 40 inches of snow in the necn yard.

    Now, it's almost gone.

    Outside necn Friday in Newton, Massachusetts
    Photo credit: Tim Kelley

    We are really turning a corner from winter to spring this weekend.

    It's not a minute to soon. There has been snow and ice falling from the sky just about every day for the last three weeks. At the snow stake on Mount Mansfield, the depth reached 90 inches on Thursday, April 9, the most of the winter. Ice on our local lakes in southern New England is finally disappearing. In fact, there is even record keeping on "ice-out" dates kept at Blue Hill Observatory (and many lakes in the northwest).

    Brian Fitzgerald at Blue Hill posted this statistic Friday:

    1:00 PM EST UPDATE: Both Houghton's and Ponkapoag ponds were temporarily
    visible late this morning, with between 10-20% coverage on Houghton's
    Pond, and 40-50% ice coverage on Ponkapoag. Further inspections
    will take place later this afternoon and tomorrow morning.

    Latest Houghton's Pond Thaw Date, (1886-2015)

    1) April 14, 1926
    2) April 10, 1887
    April 10, 1888
    4) April 9, 1923
    5) April 8, 1993
    6) April 7, 1899
    April 7, 1956
    8) April 6, 1916
    April 6, 1917
    April 6, 1924
    April 6, 1940
    12) April 5, 1895
    April 5, 1920
    April 5, 1941
    April 5, 1969
    April 5, 1994
    17) April 4, 1904
    April 4, 1906
    April 4, 1967
    April 4, 2001
    21) April 3, 1892

    Latest Ponkapoag Pond Thaw Date, (1886-2015)

    1) April 10, 1926
    2) April 9, 1923
    3) April 6, 1940
    4) April 5, 1916
    April 5, 1924
    6) April 4, 1967
    April 4, 1994
    8) April 3, 1904
    April 3, 1920

    Jacobs Pond Friday in Norwell, Massachusetts
    Photo credit: Tim Kelley

    On the way to neck on Friday, I took this photo of Jacobs Pond in Norwell, Massachusetts. It looks like ice-out there is imminent, so I am calling it out now. This is the latest ice-out since I have been keeping track, beating April 8, 1993.

    The weather system responsible for violent weather and tornadoes in the Midwest has passed north of New England. Its attendant fronts brought a few showers and a thunderstorm or two, along with much warmer air.

    High pressure builds over the Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic states for the weekend. This means warmer wind from the west, and then southwest. (though the highest mountains are a bit wintry early Saturday). Highs Saturday in the 50s are seasonable. Highs Sunday and Monday warm above normal, into the 60s, even some low 70s by Monday.

    Opening Day at Fenway Park looks great, with sunshine near 70 degrees.

    Photo credit: necn

    A week front with showers crosses New England Tuesday night. Then, more mild air and sunshine should be back Tuesday afternoon, through the end of next week.

    A wet windy storm will be approaching next weekend. But it looks more wet than white. We can not state that snow is done here just yet. But the next several days represent a new weather pattern, the warmest since the few days before Halloween of last year.

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