Kiss that sloppy winter goodbye -- at least for now -- with a lamb-like beginning to March.
Today’s weather kicks off a quiet, slightly warmer-than-normal spell expected to last through the weekend, the National Weather Service in Taunton said.
This morning, the weather service released data on the months of December, January and February — a period known as meteorological winter — showing what many people might have suspected: The state saw more snow, more rain, and more warmth than most other winters.
“We’re in the top 25 percent of winners in terms of all categories, warmest, wettest, and snowiest winters of the over-100-year record,” said meteorologist Ben Sipprell.
This winter seemed especially harsh in light of last year’s more benign winter, which had come as a relief after another particularly snowy season. That year-to-year inconsistency, potentially affected by human activity, makes it even harder for meteorologists to predict coming winters, he said.
“That’s probably why I can’t tell you what the next winter is going to be like,” Sipprell said, “because there hasn’t been any consistency between the winter data from year to year.”
Today will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs could reach 44 in Boston with a slight breeze from the north. Overnight lows will hit freezing in Boston, the weather service said.
“Whatever snow is out there is gradually disappearing,” said meteorologist Charlie Foley.
The weekend will be much of the same, with a mix of sun and clouds and daytime highs in the mid-40s, just above normal, Foley said.
Today’s slight chance of showers will last through Sunday night, and overnight lows in Boston will just hit freezing Saturday and Sunday night.