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West Virginia Climate & Weather

West Virginia Climate and Weather


The dramatic landscape of West Virginia makes for interesting weather. Officially classified as humid subtropical, West Virginia has four distinct seasons. In the low-lying areas and valleys, summers, between June and August, can be quite hot and humid, particularly in the southwestern and eastern panhandle areas; average summer temperatures are around 67°F (19°C) along the North Branch Potomac River and 76°F (24°C) in the western part of the state. These two areas often experience milder winters, though throughout the rest of the state, winters are cold. Average winter temperatures in West Virginia, between December and February, range from 26°F (−4°C) near the Cheat River, to 41°F (5°C) along sections of the border with Kentucky. In areas of higher elevation, snowfalls are significant, which makes this season popular with skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts. Autumn is a pleasant time of year, and West Virginia boasts spectacular fall foliage. West Virginia can be wet and rainy at any time of the year, with heavy fog in the valleys; however, severe weather like tornadoes is uncommon.


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