Every State, Ranked by How Miserable Its Winters Are
Let’s be honest – in America winter sucks. It’s super cold. Blizzards are often, so you have to stay in. Staying in means more food and a higher scale number. Pipes freeze. Lips and noses are constantly cold, and ice can even kill you. You are constantly wet and covered in countless layers of cloth. Simply said, winter in America is horrible.
If you think that your state is the worst when it comes to freezing days and nights, you are probably wrong. There is always someone struggling more. After long research, frequent weather notes, and chats with friends and colleagues (both winter and summer children) we have created a list of the most freezing states on the U.S. ground. Check to see if your home state made this freezing cut.
This is scenery that you don’t get to see in Hawaii often, or ever. Hawaii is so far the only state that has not seen subzero temperatures. The lowest coldest temperature recorded in Hawaii is 12 degrees. Just chilling, right?
While you might sleep under five covers during winter, people in Hawaii get to experience 78 degrees Fahrenheit on the coldest days. No Aloha (hello) to harsh winter days in Hawaii.
This would be your view during the winter days in California. Just like Hawaii, California is proud to have warm (frequently hot) winters. Summers are hot and dry, while the winters are cold, wet, and partly cloudy.
The lowest temperature recorded in California was at Boca, at elevation 5,532 feet in Nevada County, when reading of -45° F was observed on January 20, 1937 – which was a very, very long ago. If you are heading toward California during the winter, don’t forget to pack your swimsuit.
Winter is super easy in Colorado. Have you ever been to Colorado in the wintertime? If yes, you know that during the winter the sun is shining, people are smiling all day long, and winter sports are world-class.
If you are looking for the snowiest town in Colorado, head to Crested Butte. This town gets 216.6 inches of snow during an average of 66.2 snow days. That’s more than 18 feet of snow per year!
22. New Mexico
If states could be relatives, Colorado and New Mexico would be twins. They look alike in a sense of topography: both states have high plains, deserts, basins, high plains, and affiliations to green chile.
New Mexico summers are warm and pleasant, while the winter temperature goes up to 40s°F. The winter period is always followed by snow in the mountains. Compared to Colorado’s winter periods, New Mexico is warmer.
Texas is a big state. In fact, you could geographically fit 243 States of Rhode Island inside Texas – thats how big this state is. In such a large state, a different climate is expected in different corners.
For example, West Texas is mostly arid deserty, while East Texas is subtropical and humid, even in the winter. The snowy region includes Amarillo, Lubbock and El Paso, and Wichita Fallas as the area with the highest snow amount. Dallas can see up to four inches of snow.
If you want to visit Georgia, and you are more of a summer child, then you should avoid January. This is the coldest month in Georgia when freezing nights occur.
The best chance to see snow in Georgia is in January. Mountain City is the area that gets the most snow. Winters in Georgia are determined by the Pacific Ocean.
19. South Carolina
Most parts of South Carolina will remain free from snow and cold weather, for years at a time. In the meantime, people can experience freezing rain’s the most. Winters are mild, which is a good thing because of other South Carolina’s challenges, such as hurricanes.
January is the coldest month of the year in South Carolina, and various parts of the state receive less than an inch of snow every year. If you want to enjoy nature and amazing gardens, you should visit South Carolina between March and May.
North Mississippi gets to experience snow-tornados from time to time. They are more like little blizzards than snow tornadoes, but they are still far from the norm.
When the harsh weather kicks in, people usually continue drinking their tea. Winters in this state are painless, with the lowest winter temperature being 16F below zero.
17. North Carolina
Ok, so we know that South Carolina gets a bit of snow, and its citizens have a big fear of hurricanes. But… What about North Carolina? It turns out that North Carolina is one of those lucky states, with mild and tame winter.
Arctic ait can send overnight lows that can last shortly. The coldest month is January. When it comes to snow, it can be seen regularly in the mountains.
Nevada is a warm place. After all, people do travel their all year long to enjoy warmer temperature. Still, the lack of freezing temperature doesn’t mean that Nevada isn’t packed with original things to do during the winter months.
The coldest month in Las Vegas is December with an average high-temperature of 50°F (10°C) and an average low-temperature of 37.9°F (3.3°C).
Winters in Tennessee are pretty mild, except in the mountainous east. Tennessee is a southern state and thats the main reason why winters are mild.
However, it does snow in this state, but not too much. For example, Nashville gets only about 10 inches of snow a year, and Memphis gets a minor 5 inches. It snows the most in Trade and Fairfield Glade area.
Does it snow in Utah? It snows a lot in Utah, in fact. Utah gets an average of 523 inches of snow annually. Just like Colorado, Utah is packed with winter activities for everyone.
Although there is snow, winters aren’t too harsh, especially when there is snow. On the other hand, summers are hot, frequently reaching above 100°F (38°C). On top of that, the temperature rarely falls below 0°F (-18°C), but frequently stays below freezing.
Little Rock’s area has gentle winters. The coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 30.8°F. Snow usually falls throughout the winter, every year, around 5 inches in a season.
Do you want to visit Arkansas during the warmest month? In that case, you should visit Little Rock in July, the warmest month. In July, the temperature rises to 92.8°F.
Oklahoma City gets on average 6 inches of snow per year. Overall, there are 231 sunny days per year in Oklahoma City, which is what it’s fair to say that Oklahoma is a state with significant winter time.
The coldest month is January, while the warmest month is July. In between, people tend to experience strong wind. Still, summers are long, while winters are short and free of extremely cold days.
The closer you are to DC, the winters are harsher. Virginia is, as expected, no exception because mountains receive a significant share of snow. Winters are mild, but crisp, while summers are hot.
Average coastal temperatures in July and August rarely exceed 90°F (32°C), while in winter there is often snow. Virginia is known for its stunning nature, and with snow, on it, they look like perfect postcard scenery.
Maryland is known for its weather. It can get cold and snowy, and people seem to love it. Did you know that Maryland has two climates? Basically, you can experience nice weather and famous Maryland winter.
In January you can experience around 28 °F (−2 °C), and in the summer up to 65 °F (18 °C). The lowest recorded temperature in Maryland was −40 °F (−40 °C). Always pack a winter jacket when heading to Maryland, just in case.
Kentucky sounds like a very warm place, right? Home of the world’s most famous chicken must be nice. However, when it comes to climate, Kentucky isn’t that nice. In fact, winters are cold but luckily short.
Night winter temperature during the winter goes below 23°F (-5°C). This temperature is common for January. The northern region is up to 5°F (-15°C) cooler than the south and west. Kentucky gest around 11 inches of snow per year.
When it comes to Kansas winter, you should know that it may continually vary. In fact, Kansas weather may vary from location to location or year to year.
The average annual snowfall in Kansas is 19 inches. During the coldest month, which is January, the temperature can go to 26 °F (−3 °C) in Kansas City, or 29 °F (−2 °C) in St. Louis. Kansas winters are quite unpredictable, which is why Kansans have winter socks on hand all year round.
Delaware is home to many winter storms. After all, Delaware’s winters are between the extreme cold of the north and the mild temperatures of the south. January is the coldest month of the year, while July is the warmest.
Snow usually misses Delaware, and it’s mostly because Delaware is relatively close to the sea. In Delaware, you can always expect hot summer and chilly winters.
Nebraska has a typical Midwestern climate. This climate is known for its big extremes: hot summers and extremely cold winters. Winters are cold and snowy, with colder nights.
The coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 11.5°F. The warmest month is July, with the temperature going up to 89.6°F.
Ok, you have probably seen this one coming. A New England must be on a list when we are talking about memorable winters. The weather in Massachusetts is infamously unpredictable, often prolonging winter into spring.
In fact, Massachusetts weather is so unpredictable that experiencing snow in April is quite normal. In this state, you can experience one-day massive snow and the other real spring.
When it comes to Montana and its weather, it all comes down to location. In fact, it all depends on where you live in the state. Have you heard about the Continental Divide? This term stands for the mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas.
In practice, this means that this divide mountain prevents cold air masses from crossing over. As result, some parts of Montana are extremely cold during the winter, while others are constant summer breeze. The average snowfall for most of Montana is 71 inches a season.
Idaho is similar to Montana when it comes to weather. It all depends on where you live. Some may experience heavy snowfall and extremely chilly temperatures, while others may enjoy more mild winters and pleasant summers. Overall, Idaho is known as ‘the chimney,’ which is easy to recognize when looking at a map of the United States.
Simply sid, this chimney moment means that in Idaho you can experience Canada’s winter. Idaho usually has around 93 days of snow per year, with the coldest period being mid-December.
The people of Wisconsin know how to deal with harsh weather. They are generally known for being kind and tough, and the weather probably has something to do with it.
After all, they do get to experience low temperatures from December into March. The average annual snowfall in Wisconsin can be as high as 167.5 inches, which is a lot. This weather doesn’t stop people from putting extra layers and supporting the Packers.
1. South Dakota
In South Dakota, the summers are beyond hot. Therefore, it only seems logical that the wintertime would be absolutely freezing. However, the snow in this state goes up to 31 inches, because winter is warmer than expected.
Still, you can experience colder days, so make sure that you pack warm jackets and a few sweaters. The average temperature during winter is about 25 °F.