We know the question on your mind, NOOGA — 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 Thursday, Dec. 21.
This winter, Chattanooga has equal chances of temperatures being higher or lower than last year’s temps.
Grab those umbrellas. Chattanooga has a 40-50% chance of seeing higher-than-average amounts of snow and rainfall this winter.
Drought conditions are expected to remain but improve this season.
What December has in store
Typically in Chattanooga, temperatures fluctuate between an average low of 30.7° and an average high of 50.2° this month. 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 and rainboots 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 Walnut Street Bridge with a coffee from Rembrandt’s 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 (~1.85 inches). We’re crossing our fingers for an upcoming snow day.