You can sum Erie weather up in one word: snow. It usually begins snowing at the beginning of November and does not stop until the middle or end of April. It really does seem like winter never ends. Students who are not accustomed to a lot of snow will be in shock. It can be up to a person's knees or even hips at times. However, students do take advantage of the snow and go to nearby Peak'n Peak for skiing and snowboarding at heavily discounted student prices. Everyone knows that good boots, gloves, mittens, and coats are definitely necessary at Behrend. When the weather is nice in the spring and fall, it is comfortable, but it is very short-lived.
The best advice for freshmen is to bring your winter clothes at move-in. Although students think they can grab their winter stuff over Thanksgiving break, they will soon learn that they will not be able to leave their rooms because there are several feet of snow outside, and their winter clothes are at home. Also, bring a coat with a hood to avoid having to take a hat everywhere. There is also a lot of wind at Behrend, so students often find themselves walking to class backwards. Also be prepared to fall often because the sidewalks are impossible to keep clean despite the constant salting and plowing or bring some skis!