Winter weather forecast in Raleigh, North Carolina 2021

Snow covered trees around a road
Chill out this winter knowing what weather’s on the way. | Photo by Ruvim Miksanskiy via Pexels

With winter on the way weather you like it or not, we couldn’t resist peeping at some of the major weather trends headed our way. Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect for December, January, + February

While exact weather conditions like snowfall typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, accurate seasonal outlooks can help us prepare for what winter will bring. Here’s what’s coming to the capital city: 

The probability for winter temp differences across the US | Photo via the NOAA
The probability for winter temp differences across the US | Photo via the NOAA

🌡️ Temperature

Think warm. This winter, Raleigh has a 50-60% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.

🌨️ Precipitation

Slightly less precipitation. Raleigh has a 33-40% chance of seeing below normal snow and rainfall this winter, leaning toward average precipitation.

The probability for winter precipitation differences across the US | Photo via the NOAA
The probability for winter precipitation differences across the US | Photo via the NOAA

By the month: December

Raleigh’s average low-temperature in December is 38.3°F, but we might see more days this year closer to the average high-temperature —52.7°F due to the anticipated temp rise. Did you know? December is one of the top three most humid months in Raleigh + the month with the least amount of sunshine at 5.5 average hours a day. 

By the month: January

Raleigh’s lows in January are 32.9°F on average, with highs of 48°F. Plan for more of those warmer days. January tends to be Raleigh’s coldest month + usually sees the most snowfall with an average of ​​1.46 inches of snow. Predictions say we’ll see about that much snow or less. Bonus: Here are the NOAA’s winter safety tips. ❄️ 

By the month: February

Historically, February gets a little warmer here with an average low-temperature of 36.1°F + an average high-temperature of 53.1°F, so keep expecting to be closer to those highs. February usually rains for 11.3 days, so we might see a little less this winter.