We know the question on your mind, Charlestonians — how long is this cold weather going to last? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for December, January, and February.
While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter may bring.
Reminder: The first day of winter is on Thursday, Dec. 21.
We could go either way. This winter, Charleston shows equal chances of above-normal, near-normal, or below-normal temperatures.
Expect slightly more precipitation. Charleston has a 60-70% chance of seeing higher than average snow and rainfall amounts this winter.
There are no drought conditions expected to develop this season.
Typically in Charleston, December’s temperatures fluctuate between an average low of 47° and an average high of 61°, however, we’ve had a few days already this month that were warmer.
In January, Charlestonians can expect an average of 58° and a low of 44°. January is recognized as the coldest month. This is a perfect time to plan some indoor activities to get through the chill.
Good news: You’ve made it to the last month of winter. Historically, average temperatures fluctuate between 60° and 46° during February in the Holy City.