A joke about Alfred is that students should carry a red balloon so that people can find them under the snow. This joke isn't altogether wrong. It snows so often and in such volume that the landscape is always white and sparkling. The good news is that it's actually a very gentle precipitation. Big, fat, juicy snowflakes fall softly as opposed to stingy ice flecks that may sting your face in Boston or New York. It's beautiful—it just tends to lose its charm sometime around April. Warm weather at Alfred is spectacular. The landscape and the wildlife just burst forth into green and Technicolor.
Alfred students have mastered the art of layering. Thanks to the proximity to the North Pole and something called "lake effect," you can pretty much count on any type of weather at any time during the year. It changes hourly, as well. You may have a perfectly sunny day in March, then hail later that night. Most likely you'll be buried in snow for most of the year. It's not uncommon to have snow on graduation day, either. Still, an Indian summer may last until November. So don't discriminate—just bring everything!