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New England Escaping Snow...For Now




    With temperatures soaring into the 50s and even near 60 this weekend, it's almost hard to remember that it's often snowing during the first weekend of December.

    To drive that point home, compare snowfall this year to snowfall through this point in the season last year.

    We start in Southern New England, where a slow start to last year's snow season into a snow blitz later in the winter.

    Through early December last year, Boston had measured 2.6" of snow. This year, just a trace has been recorded. The latest first measurable snow in Boston came on January 23, 2000.

    Worcester hasn't seen measurable snow yet, either. The latest occurrence of that happening was on December 24, 1923. By this point last year the city already had 7.5".

    In addition, Providence hasn't seen any flakes yet this year. Last year the city had seen 1.6".

    In Connecticut, the Hartford area had already endured 5.1" by this time last year, but just a few flurries so far this season.

    It's been quiet in Northern New England too, much to the dismay of those hoping to find some fresh power for outdoor activities. That's a sharp contrast from last season at this time.

    Take Concord, New Hampshire, for example. Last year over 14" of snow had already fallen. Nothing this year.

    It's similar in Burlington, Vermont. The Queen City logged 13" by this point last year, but just 0.2" so far this season. That's the third slowest start to a winter season on record.

    The contrast in Maine is even more impressive. While Portland picked up a foot by this point last year, the city has only seen a few flurries this year. And in far Northern Maine, Caribou has seen just 7.5" this year as compared to a whopping 34" by this point last season.

    The extended forecast shows no signs of meaningful snow through at least mid-month. Instead, continued milder than average conditions look likely to persist.

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