New Paltz experiences typical Northeastern weather and climate. The upside of this is that one can truly experience the four seasons in all their glory; the downside is that sometimes there are some unbearably cold winter days. The three (sometimes four) winter months at NP are bleak, gray, and frigid.
However, the depressing winter is made up for with the awesomeness of spring, summer, and fall in the Hudson Valley. Spring and summer days are long, temperate, and bursting with life, and autumn is unparalleled in terms of beauty, evidenced by the annual pilgrimage of "leaf-peepers" at nearby Minnewaska State Park.