Winston Salem, NC
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4 College Freshman

Weather: Spring and fall are beautiful at wake

4 College Freshman

Weather: Fairly warm and sunny throughout the year. A little rainy and windy but not bad at all.

4 College Junior

Weather: The mild winters are fantastic. When it snows a half inch, school gets shut down, which is nice. It does rain a lot, and our campus loves to flood, but the sunny days make up for it.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is very moderate. It is humid sometimes, but most of the time it is gorgeous weather.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Honestly, weather shouldn't determine your college choice. That being said, January is pretty miserable in Winston-Salem because it rains a lot and it's between 31 and 45 degrees most of the time. September can be hot and humid but, unless you are going to school in San Diego or a handful of other places, North Carolina weather has a very mild winter, lots of beautiful sunny days and during the academic calendar, the weather is mostly lovely.


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  • 129th
    Hottest Summers
  • 377th
    Coldest Winters

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Will Geiger
Brielle, NJ
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The weather in Winston-Salem and on the Wake Forest campus is simply glorious but has the variety of four distinct seasons. The hot North Carolina summer that you will enjoy upon arrivial transitions into a balmy fall that is conducive to both being outside and wearing short sleeves.

Beginning in the middle of November, it starts to get chilly outside. You can easily spot students who are from the south by their scarves, gloves, and heavy jackets that they wear at the slightest nip in the air. Winter in Winston-Salem also brings the occasional snowfall, which, apart from being a lot of fun, usually cancels classes. The first few snowflakes that fall have the students hoping that they will receive that special e-mail. 

Spring in the south is gorgeous, and Winston-Salem is no exception. Students really take advantage of the weather, and you will always find people outside socializing, running, or studying. Something important to know is that the campus walkways flood when it rains. This means that you should either invest in a nice pair of rain boots or plan on dodging puddles along the way to class.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 72 °F
Spring - Low: 46 °F
Summer - High: 87 °F
Summer - Low: 65 °F
Fall - High: 72 °F
Fall - Low: 48 °F
Winter - High: 53 °F
Winter - Low: 30 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.95 in./month
Summer: 3.85 in./month
Fall: 3.61 in./month
Winter: 3.74 in./month
What to Pack
  • Fleece/jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Umbrella
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