We know the question on your mind, Chattanoogans — when’s it going to get cold? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for December, January, and February.
While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.
Reminder: The first day of winter is on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Think on the warmer side. This winter, Chattanooga has a 40-50% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.
Chattanooga has an equal chance of seeing below-normal or higher-than-average amounts of snow and rainfall this winter.
What December has in store
Typically in Chattanooga, December’s temperatures fluctuate between an average low of 36.3° and an average high of 50.2°, but expect to see more of those near ~50° days this year. December also is one of the wettest months of the year, with an average of 4.37 inches of rainfall, so don’t forget to bring your umbrella with you while you’re out on the town.
Jump into January
January tends to be the coldest month of the year, with an average temperature fluctuating between 30.7° and 46°. There isn’t as much rainfall in January, which makes it the perfect time to stroll along the Riverwalk with a coffee from Stone Cup in hand.
Historically, temperatures range between 51.1° and 35.1° during the month of February, however, this month tends to have the highest amount of average snowfall in the Scenic City (~1.65 inches). February also tends to be the windiest month in Chattanooga, with the highest average wind speed being 6.4 mph.