Weather in Cincinnati is truly unpredictable—so much so that most of the time even the local meteorologists have no idea what is going on. If you're a fan of all the seasons, you'll love Cincinnati because it is definitely a place that experiences everything weather has to offer. However, if you're more of a warm weather person, it may not be the best climate for you. The biggest piece of advice to conquer the crazy weather here is to be prepared. Invest in a small umbrella that fits in your backpack because on any given day, a rain shower can come out of nowhere, even in the middle of winter. It also gets extremely windy on campus, especially when the wind sweeps between buildings. It may be a good idea to carry a sweater or jacket, especially in the fall and early spring. It may seem warm outside, but once the wind picks up, you'll feel like it's 10 degrees colder. The wind is also known for flipping umbrellas inside out, so you may go through quite a few in your years at UC because they seem to lose the battle with the wind.
When packing, bring clothes for snow; a coat, hats, gloves, and scarves are important to have. It can get extremely cold, especially at night, and you don't want to be caught walking home from class and freeze. Bring some snow boots, too, or at least shoes that are sufficient in the snow. A lot of times the sidewalks are pretty icy and slushy, even on campus. It's no fun sitting through classes with wet, cold feet. During spring and autumn quarters, the weather is relatively mild and sunny. Bring a pair of sunglasses, a Frisbee, and your warm weather clothes. Students spend a lot of time outside on nice days, especially because the cold weather seems to plague Cincinnati for so long.