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Beginning of spring often sees winter-like weather

Friday’s change of season will seem a far cry from a year ago (above).

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Friday’s change of season will seem a far cry from a year ago (above).

A new season rolls in Friday bearing the same old weather: snow in the forecast — again — with colder-than-normal temperatures expected well into April.

Don’t lose hope, though. This winter’s chill is going to end, even if it takes a little longer than usual.

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It’s actually fairly common to have winter-like weather on the first day of spring. Lows around freezing are run-of-the-mill for March 20, according to 30-year averages from the National Weather Service.

Historically, it doesn’t really begin to feel like spring until weeks after the season begins. The first day with normal historical highs above 55 degrees is April 14. On average, the last day with snow is March 27, according to the Weather Channel.

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True to form, though, this year’s cold temperatures might stick around a little longer. An extended forecast by AccuWeather.com shows highs below 55 degrees until April 21.

You can blame the slow start on the same weather pattern that has been drawing arctic air into New England throughout the winter. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is calling for that cycle to continue well into next month.

“Right now for April, we don’t see much change,” said Jon Gottschalck, the center’s chief of operational prediction. “Sorry to tell you.”

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But even arctic air is gentler in the spring and summer, and eventually, the weather patterns will shift.

“It will definitely get warm,” Gottschalck said.

Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.
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