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Cold, with snow and ice, but some bright sunny days. The Presidents Day long weekend is big for skiing.



The weather continues cold (like January) in New England, probably with snow and ice. The numerous cold, brilliant sunny days are great for outdoor activities if you dress warmly.

With luck, New England enjoys a brief mid-winter thaw in January or early February.

Ski season continues, though many New Englanders fly to the Caribbean or Mexico for a few weeks of warmth and to get away from the need to bundle up in lots of clothing whenever they go outside.

Presidents Day

The third Monday in February is Presidents Day, a national holiday honoring the birthdays of George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). Some museums remain open, but most offices are closed.

School Vacation Week

Many schools take a one-week winter vacation (often in the week of Presidents Day), and airports may be crowded on the weekends before and after the vacation week as families escape to warmer climates.

The holiday weekend is particularly busy in ski country.

—by Tom Brosnahan



Mid-Winter Thaw

Skiing in New England

Tom's New England Almanac

New England's Climate

Festivals & Holidays

When to Go to New England

New England Transportation

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Winter at Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts

You can almost hear the crunch of bone-dry snow under my boots as I trudge around Walden Pond on an overcast February day.

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