Generally, Baltimore County has coastal weather, with a climate comparable to most cities located on the East Coast. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are damp and cold. During the summer, temperatures can rise into the 90s; in contrast, it reaches freezing at the height of the winter. Winter snowstorms are very uncommon—snow falls tends to be around three or four inches. As a consequence of this, UMBC seldom closes because of inclement weather. This greatly affects commuter students, which is roughly half of the student population at UMBC, since even mild snow will affects their arrival to campus.
If you like to be updated about the weather, UMBC has its perks. The University has its own detailed weather page (weather.umbc.edu) with forecasts; humidity, pressure, and ozone levels; temperature; and wind speeds. This information is updated by students in the atmospheric physics graduate program. You can also see it every time you log into your student account. Also, in cases of inclement weather, UMBC students can often count on rapid responses via text message, e-mail, and through the school’s webpage about possible delays or closings.