We know the question on your mind, Bostonians — when’s it going to get wicked cold? 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 will bring.
Reminder: The official first day of winter is on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Think warmer than we’re used to. This winter, Boston has a 40-50% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.
Our city is predicted to experience ordinary snow and rainfall amounts for the season.
Here’s December’s deal
The average low temperature in December is 29.7°, but we might see more days closer to the average high-temperature — 39.9° — because of the anticipated temp rise. Did you know? December is one of the top three wettest months in our city + the month with the least amount of sunshine, averaging about 4.7 hours per day.
Jump into January
Boston’s lows in January will dip down to 34.2° on average — and could plummet as low as 22.6°. January tends to be Boston’s coldest month + usually sees the plenty of snowfall with an average of 2.76 inches. Predictions say we’ll see about that much snow. Bonus: here are the NOAA’s winter safety tips. ❄️
Prepare for frigid February
Historically, February gets the most snowfall in our city with an average accumulation of 4.72 inches, so get ready to break out those space savers. The lows stay around 23.5° with an average high temperature of 36.5°, so expect the temperature to be closer to those highs. It usually rains for an average of 8.2 days in February — fingers crossed, we might see a little less this winter.