During the summer and fall, it mostly rains, and when it rains, it always floods. Students have to come prepared for weather in Elizabeth City—with rain boots, extra clothes, and an umbrella. During the winter, the weather can vary. Sometimes, it will snow hard, and other times, it will hail or sleet. Often, when it hails, cars are slightly damaged from the impact of the ice hitting the cars. There aren't many accidents when it snows, as many classes are canceled and students have already stocked up with groceries to prevent venturing out of their dorms for food.
The Elizabeth City State University staff stays on top of weather by sending emails and alerts warning students of possible inclement weather. For students who do not watch weather reports often, this comes in handy. In the spring, weather is much calmer, and it is the most predictable season of the year in Elizabeth City, N.C.