“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.