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Old 01-11-2017, 03:28 PM
 
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Hello,

I am thinking of visiting Vermont during spring break ( I am a college student). I will fly from Washington D.C. and rent a car for a week ( Vermont, New Hampshire, maybe Maine!).

What's the weather like in March?

Will I enjoy it?
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:58 PM
 
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Depends. Some years winter is longer or shorter than others, but generally speaking March starts as winter and ends as early Spring. Elevation and how far north you are are factors as well. March is prime sugaring time which can make for a fun outing to a sugar house for Sugar on Snow or pancakes with freshly made syrup. Again, depending upon where you are and when, you might also get to experience another Vermont tradition called Mud Season.

No matter what it will be a nice break from being in the city. Have fun.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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Winter to mud season to break up to spring. Pretty much nails it. Bring good boots and layers of clothing.
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Old 01-12-2017, 02:49 PM
 
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March is probably the wettest month of the year on average. So, either you'll find some really great snow coverage or a few spots where mud season has begun. Most of the roads will still be frozen, though.
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:40 PM
 
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Bring sun lamps and anti-depressants.

my family had a cabin in the Northeast Kingdom from 1913-2001..East Burke.

You can only eat so much snow with syrup on top befire it gets old..
think very short days, long cold, wet nights..

Put your trip off 'til Late May- June and beyond.
It is lovely in Vt. then...

Take your money..head to Fl. or the Carribean for now...
Feb./March/ April is probably the foulest time of the year to visit Vermont..

anywhere in Vt....
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Old 01-13-2017, 03:39 PM
 
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Bring sun lamps and anti-depressants.

my family had a cabin in the Northeast Kingdom from 1913-2001..East Burke.

You can only eat so much snow with syrup on top befire it gets old..
think very short days, long cold, wet nights..

Put your trip off 'til Late May- June and beyond.
It is lovely in Vt. then...

Take your money..head to Fl. or the Carribean for now...
Feb./March/ April is probably the foulest time of the year to visit Vermont..

anywhere in Vt....
If you like cold and snow (which I do), then winter is just fine. Summer & fall are delightful. The transition from winter to spring is the least nice part of the year as it isn't still winter and it isn't summer-like yet either. The question of course is when that transition happens. Is it in March or is it in April.
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Old 01-13-2017, 05:21 PM
 
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It helps to have a broad perspective about late winter in Vermont. Through the middle of December, there is quite a bit of residual heat in the ground, which in my opinion makes up for the disappearance of daylight. While the shortest day is December 21, the daylight does not increase appreciably for another month, which sort of limits our exposure to the worst time of the year (all the Christmas rituals ensuring that we spread our sniffles amongst all those we hold dearest, in the cold dark, no less).

Groundhog Day is when days start extending an average of six minutes each. By the end of the month Vermont days are an hour and a half longer. We are aware of and depressed by the fact that the groundhog's appearance or non-appearance on its Day is nothing more than a difference of 48 hours in the length of winter, and the longer days give us false hope that the end of winter is just around the corner.

Given that, we have been so humbled by the preceding month that we tend to focus on the snow and cold that's here, rather than all the signs that winter will pretty much be gone by April 20th (conservatively speaking). We have to work to notice that the snow fleas are out in abundance, the rivulets and spinneys are starting to melt the snow cover from beneath and that the blanket of snow in the woods is speckled with bud casings. When we miss those hopeful signs and focus instead on the diminished woodpile, the vista of seemingly endless near-zero mornings and the gray skies, we loathe the season.

But as is said, if you like Vermont in February, you'll love it the rest of the year.

If you come in March, there will be snowshoeing, skiing and a lot of residents with dark circles under their eyes.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:06 PM
 
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March? no forget that. The only people that can appreciate March are the people who have been in Vermont all winter. While it sometimes offers you glimpses of warmer days it can just as easily break your heart and send you running to the gun safe. Hopefully only your wife has the combination.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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^ true Dat..
T.S. Eliot said 'April is the Cruelest Month'. but he didn't live in Vermont.
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