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2 College Junior

Weather: I REALLY HATE THE COLDE WEATHER HERE!!! The only good thing about storms and snows is that courses can get cancelled (even though sometimes you have to go to classes even there is snow storms).

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Fall in New England is the best weather. The winter isn't actually so bad - it's a very short walk from the houses to academic buildings.

2 College Junior

Weather: I come from a sunny place so coming to the east coast was a big "weather shock". I am still not used to this weather. Is always cold and gloomy. The weather really affects my attitude.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Cold, lots of snow. Just want to curl up in bed for a couple months.

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4 College Senior

Weather: It's New England weather. you get what you expect.

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“If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” This old saying absolutely speaks true to the Pioneer Valley, where it can go from bright and sunny to cold and rainy in a few minutes. However, the area is famous for its crisp, cool falls with incredible foliage. While Northampton winters are very snowy and very cold, they can also be strikingly beautiful. They last from November until March, which makes some students a little stir-crazy and can turn a walk to the library, downtown, or even class into an epic expedition.

Even students from nearby states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey complain that it is significantly colder than expected here. But waiting for spring at Smith is absolutely worth it. As soon as the weather hits a balmy 60 degrees and sunny, Smith students can be found on lawns all over the campus working on their summer tans.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 58 °F
Spring - Low: 31 °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
What to Pack
  • Birkenstocks
  • Good winter boots
  • Hat
  • Heavy winter coat
  • Scarf
  • A toasty North Face fleece
Did You Know?
Through 2009, Smith had only two snow days in 40 years.


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