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4 College Junior

Weather: So far it has been beautiful. Not too cold, and being in the mountains it doesn't get too hot.

4 College Junior

Weather: Many times we get terrible snow storms, therefore it is difficult to have class. However, the campus very carefully considers the safety of the students by cancelling class when conditions are dangerous. However, the weather is typically beautiful at Montreat.

1 College Senior

Weather: Not in CA Anymore – It ranges from snowing to low 80s within the same week. It is very scattered and unpredictable.

5 College Senior

Weather: We get the perfect blend of every season. Fall is gorgeous with the leaves changing colors. Winter is pretty with snow falling. It can be a little chilly sometimes, but for the most part it's not bitterly cold. Spring is also beautiful with the flowers blooming. Summer is not as hot, since we are in the mountains.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Montreat weather is beautiful most of the time. It doesn't get too hot or too cold, but it does rain more there because we're in the mountains.

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If you have spare time and a cup of coffee, Montreat is the place to be during a thunderstorm. Sitting on the library lawn (or on Anderson porch—a campus favorite), students can watch the storms as they come along the mountain ridge and unleash their fury. Watching a thunderstorm in the mountains from within a little “bowl” of a valley is an unforgettable experience. Similarly, sledding down the hills on campus in the winter is fun, as is going on photo shoots and walks in the spring or having picnics and class outside in the summer. Whatever the season, Montreat is the place to experience it, especially with cool seasonal activities (many off campus) like caving, skiing, hiking and more.

That being said, Montreat’s weather is not perfect—if you’re used to several feet of snow and can’t imagine life without it, North Carolina is probably not the place to go to school. However, Montreat does get several inches of snow in the winter, prompting sledding, impromptu snowball fights, and epically-giant (and snazzily-dressed) snowmen. The College prepares for the weather, setting aside a series of snow days, and sending out email and text warnings about infrequent stray tornados in the summer. Overall, Montreat’s weather is utopic. It rains fairly often during certain weeks but makes up for it with long stretches of sunshine. Although it can be a bit bipolar at times, students can easily prepare for the weather by packing an umbrella and rain boots for spring showers and SPF 45 for soaking up summer rays on the library lawn or by Lake Susan.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 66 °F
Spring - Low: 40 °F
Summer - High: 83 °F
Summer - Low: 59 °F
Fall - High: 68 °F
Fall - Low: 43 °F
Winter - High: 50 °F
Winter - Low: 26 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.08 in./month
Summer: 4.18 in./month
Fall: 3.70 in./month
Winter: 3.81 in./month
What to Pack
  • Rain boots
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
Did You Know?
Upon learning of a current weather temperature, one Montreat music student remarked, "You know it's cold when the temperature is lower than the Montreat Road speed limit!"


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