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3 College Freshman

Weather: During the winter, Amherst is cold, and it snows a lot. But what can you really expect from New England? By those standards, the weather is just fine.

3 College Student

Weather: It's just northeast weather. Cold in winter, although warmer than Maine area and often warmer than Boston area.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is nice during the fall and spring but can get pretty brutal during the winter. It also snows a lot which makes walking to class kinda annoying.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Lots of snow and nice mix of weather makes the days more interesting.

3 College Freshman

Weather: There can be some large snowfall, but it's not much of a problem. All the walkways are kept clear and staff lays down salt whenever snow is expected.
The first couple weeks of the academic year are on the warm side, so a fan is a good idea.

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It’s pretty warm and mild here from August through November. Then, on one fine day and without any warning whatsoever, a 15-minute blizzard leaves the earth white and the populace shell-shocked. From then on, until mid-April, the weather stays windy and cold, with snow and rain to match. The townsfolk usually refer to the resulting indoor floors as being "icky," and indeed, coming inside after walking outside for a bit will leave a small brook of brown water wherever you go. A very warm wardrobe is a necessity throughout the majority of the year. Bring coats, lots of coats: trench coats, winter coats, raincoats, overcoats. Hats: cloth, bear-skinned, fur, silk, bonnets. Suede mittens, fuzzy earmuffs, checkered scarves, socks with toe separators, electric blankets. Whatever you have, please bring for your own sake.

The heating inside is excellent, and once that front door closes, you can safely take a deep breath of air without actually seeing it turn white in front of you. Most people get used to the weather, even Southerners and Californians. Pack heavy, and come mentally prepared, and after your first winter, you’ll learn to ignore the cold weather and realize how much fun it is to have snow fights, slide down Memorial hill with your shirt waiting for you at the bottom, and how beautiful and romantic everything looks when the seasons change. The one downside of the arrival of the snow is the subsequent application of soy sauce on the school grounds. This pungent, borderline nauseating scent has become a characteristic of the cold weather. Although the soy sauce makes your shoes extremely sticky (and somewhat brown for those UGG wearers), it is an extremely effective and environmentally friendly alternative to salt.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 58 °F
Spring - Low: 34 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 57 °F
Fall - High: 61 °F
Fall - Low: 38 °F
Winter - High: 36 °F
Winter - Low: 14 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.84 in./month
Summer: 3.95 in./month
Fall: 3.98 in./month
Winter: 3.41 in./month


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