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1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Fall last 2 weeks, spring last two weeks. The entire school year is winter. Snow starts on Halloween, and ends on the last week of classes. It is really really really cold (-30 F), and grey most of the time.

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2 College Senior

Weather: Ithaca weather is brutal and can definitely bring you down

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Cold for 6 months from October to April.

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5 College Student

Weather: Ithaca is fine. Seriously. It's not that bad. Bring a coat, get some boots, grow a pair. If you're from the Midwest, you'll have no problem adjusting. Everyone else: make friends with someone from the Midwest, Upstate NY, Eastern Canada, or Antarctica, if you want to learn how to survive.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: During the spring and summer, it's great. There was an unusually warm fall. As an Arizonan, I will definitely say that the winter ruined it for me. Too cold.

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Ithaca, while absolutely beautiful in the summer months, can change into a very harsh and bitter place in the wintertime. This inevitably affects the overall mood throughout the year, and you won't see many students outside unless they have to be. This sort of inclement weather persists from November through March and at times makes Ithaca a very bleak place to live. Fortunately, when the snow melts and the skies clear, Ithaca is an astonishingly beautiful area, with its impressive outdoor scenery, view of Cayuga Lake, and exposure to rugged cliffs and gorges. Students are quick to take advantage of the nice weather and picnic on the lawns, nap in the shade, and play Frisbee on the arts quad.

Be prepared to endure some incredibly miserable walks from Collegetown to class. The wind that blows off Cayuga Lake mixed with a heavy snowfall can be especially unbearable. Students become conditioned to the bad weather over the course of their stay in Ithaca. Even though the weather is not consistently cold, you'll still find yourself cursing the miserable weather on many occasions. Although the good days are far and few between, when the sun comes out and the warm weather arrives, all seems to be forgiven and forgotten.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 61 °F
Spring - Low: 39 °F
Summer - High: 83 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 32 °F
Winter - Low: 16 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.02 in./month
Summer: 3.60 in./month
Fall: 3.39 in./month
Winter: 2.22 in./month


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