The climate at Shenandoah National Park is a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season (Dfb), according to the Köppen climate classification system.
During the winter (December to February), the temperature averages 32ºF (ºC) coldest winter month. In the summer (June to September) the temperature averages above 50ºF (10ºC).
Average monthly temperature and precipitation
Seasons in Shenandoah National Park
Summer (21 June to 22 September)
The summer is the most popular time of the year, from about June through August. It is typically when the bulk of the tourists come to the park and when the campgrounds will be full.
It can be quite warm during these periods, with temperatures averaging around 80°F or 27°C.
The nighttime temperatures dip to comfortable, yet still cool, sleeping conditions. They average between 50-60°F or 10-15°C. During the summer, it is safe to pack a summer sleeping bag, but best to bring blankets with you if you are camping.
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Fall (23 September to 20 December)
During the Fall, color explodes over the entire mountainside.
There is a vast array of golden hues augmented with dashing reds and oranges. The months of September and October see a renewed explosion of tourists, many of whom are there simply for the breathtaking views seen from the comfort of their cars.
Skyline Drive is typically packed with people this time of the year, and the traffic can make it difficult to navigate through the park. November is the last primary month of the year, and most of the campgrounds close as the weather begin to cool down.
Winter (21 December to 19 March)
The winter months of December through February are not very popular in the park in terms of tourism.
Lows dip down into the teens in Fahrenheit, or far below zero in Celsius. If you enjoy cross-country skiing or winter hiking, the park is still open. Feel free to lace up your winter boots and pack plenty of warm hiking clothes to visit.
Read More : What Should I Pack for Winter Camps?
Spring (20 March to 20 June)
The springtime months are a bit touch and go in the park.
They can be beautiful if the season starts to warm up quickly. However, if winter hangs on, then the ice will not melt until the end of March.
Continue to pack and plan for cold weather and use a winter sleeping bag if camping here in the spring.
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