Seasonal Weather in Western North Carolina

The weather across the Cherokee County region can be quite varied, so this page should give you an idea of what to expect.  



Spring:  March 15 – June 15


Spring brings new life to the mountains.  Frost is common through April 15th, and it has been known to snow as late as the end of April.  Mornings are chilly and winds can add to the chill.  April 15th to June 15th, night temperatures in the higher elevations range from 40 to 50 degrees.  Day temperatures range from 65 to 75 degrees.


Summer:  June 15 – September 15


Summer turns the bold beauty of the rugged mountains to emerald green.  Nighttime temperatures range from 55 to 65 degrees, with daytime temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees in the higher elevations.  Temperatures can be in the 90s in the valleys.  Afternoon thundershowers are common.


Fall:  September 15 – December 15

weather3Fall announces the arrival of the leaf season.  A collage of brilliant colors, painting the mountains with red and gold, peak in mid-to late October.  Night time temperatures range from 30 to 40 degrees in higher elevations, with possibility of  20 to 30 degrees from November 15th through December 15th.  Snow is likely in higher elevations (4000 feet or higher) during this period.  Daytime temperatures range from 60 to 70 degrees during late September and 30 to 40 degrees in early December.


Winter:  December 15 – March 15

weather4Winter brings the warmth of friends gathering around a cozy fire.  Weather conditions can be very severe.  Temperatures at night may range from 0 to 20 degrees especially during January and February.  March is very unpredictable; it could get quite cold during the first two weeks.  Daytime temperatures throughout this period usually range from 20 to 35 degrees.  However, temperatures may reach the 50’s.  Snow is common throughout this period.

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