Asheville Weather

Western N.C.'s Varied Yet Temperate Climate Lets Seasons Shine

Asheville NC Climate

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Life in Western North Carolina offers up a refreshing range of weather experiences. Asheville, at an elevation of just above 2,000 feet, boasts an overall mild year-round climate – not too cold in the winter, not too hot in the summer – but traveling just a short distance outside of the city can reveal a greater fluctuation in temperature and precipitation.

Because the area boasts a full four seasons, weather-dependent activities thrive here. It’s easy to enjoy fall foliage, winter skiing, and spring and summer hiking and swimming thanks to the region’s seasonal changes.

Higher Elevations in Western North Carolina, Greater Differences

While the city is quite temperate – Asheville sits in a relatively dry and protected spot along the French Broad River Valley – traveling higher into the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains promises greater weather variations. It’s not uncommon to encounter sudden clouds and fog, snow on the ground, a rain shower, or a 20-degree temperature drop in a single drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s windier in the higher elevations, and nighttime temperatures can still dip into the 30s during springtime.

While Asheville experiences the seasons to the fullest, weather extremes rarely occur. When they do, they’re not sustained. Snowfalls in the city are sporadic, and the snow melts quickly, with an average annual accumulation of 10 inches. Higher elevations, however, see heavier snowfalls, along with icing that can close roads for extended periods. The cold season in Asheville is from late November to late February, with an average daily high in the mid-50s. During the coldest point of the year, night temperatures can dip into single digits, but generally, they hover in the 30s.

The warm season in Asheville lasts from late May to mid-September, and even though temperatures can hit the upper 80s to 90s during the hottest periods, the average daily high is 76 degrees. While summers can be humid in town, higher elevations offer cooler forests, streams and waterfalls for respite.

Climate of Western North CarolinaA Range of Rainfall Amounts Around Asheville

Rainfall varies widely across the region: Asheville gets an average of 44 inches of rain per year, but surrounding areas like Brevard and its forests can get around 67 inches. Spring, which begins relatively early in Western North Carolina, is usually the wettest season of the year. Tropical systems can affect the region in late summer and early fall, resulting in heavy rainfall and forceful winds.

The driest time of year in Western North Carolina is autumn. Cooler temperatures (60s to low 70s) and crisper, clearer air create the perfect conditions for producing brilliant, sustained fall foliage. The best colors come forth from late September at the higher elevations to late October and early November in the valleys.

Eager to experience Asheville’s climate year-round? Please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190 to learn about available real estate options in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

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Asheville's a Winner on the Weather Front: Weather Trends in Asheville

Asheville Weather in the Fall

Asheville attracts visitors and transplants for a variety of reasons, one of which is its temperate year-round climate. Never too extreme in any one direction, Asheville weather boasts four distinct seasons, with surprise bursts of warmth in the winter, as well as periodically cool evenings in the middle of summer. 

Spring Weather AshevilleTemperature trends in Asheville

With an elevation of around 2,200 feet, Asheville winters are relatively mild. While the mountain peaks surrounding the city might be snow-capped, downtown Asheville is often shielded from extreme cold. Temperatures in January, the coldest month of the year, average around 47 for the high and 28 for the low. But it’s not unusual to see the mercury reach into the 60s in the wintertime.

Asheville’s crisp falls and springs make these seasons the best times to enjoy outdoor activities. From March to May and September to early November, temperatures range between the upper 50s and the mid-70s – ideal for enjoying a stroll through downtown Asheville in the spring or hiking amid vibrant foliage in the fall. 

During the summer months (June to August), the city sees an increase in humidity. However, it’s still one of the less humid parts of the Southeast, which makes Asheville the perfect regional escape during the dog days of summer. The hottest month of the year – July – sees an average high of 85 and an average low of 65.

Winter Weather in AshevilleThe skinny on snow and rain in Asheville

While Asheville gets about 44 inches of rain per year (compared with the U.S. average of 38 inches), it gets much less snow (10 inches per year) than the national average. Snowfall is greater in the mountains surrounding Asheville, which benefits the ski resorts and snow-tubing runs dotting the range. 

Asheville enjoys about 200 sunny days per year. The wettest month is June, with about 4.7 inches of rain. The driest month, with the lowest rainfall, is October (2.9 inches).

Interested in setting down roots and enjoying Asheville’s weather year-round? Please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190 to find the perfect property for you.

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