2023-2024 Winter predictions in Winston-Salem

All you need to know about 2023 winter weather including snow predictions, the coldest month of the year, and how to prepare for the season.

WStoday: Downtown Winston-Salem fourth street during winter months

Whether or not it snows this year, our city still looks just as beautiful.

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Winter is coming. If you’re wondering if any last-minute store runs for bread and eggs (or maybe toilet paper) are in your future, we’ve done the digging for you. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center issued an outlook on the winter season approaching. Here’s a rundown of what temperatures to expect in Winston-Salem starting on Thursday, Dec. 21.

Will we have snow this year?

Forecasters cannot predict when it’ll snow, as it is generally not predictable more than a week in advance because of the different elevation, latitude, and temperature across North Carolina.

How much rain will we get this season?

Forecasters expect El Niño to continue for the next several months, so expect more rain in January/February. There’s a 62% chance of the weather pattern lasting through April or June 2024.

WStoday: 2023-2024 seasonal precipitation outlook

Predictability of rain chances in the region

Photo by NOAA

Overview of the winter months

  • December: Temperatures are expected to range from the mid-50s to the mid 30s.
  • January: Bundle up, temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 40s during the month.
  • February: Temperatures are expected to range between ~35°and ~57°.

NC’s Winter Weather Preparedness Week runs from Dec. 3 to Dec. 9. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep a stock of non-perishable food + medicine in case of a winter storm.
  • Check road conditions by visiting NCDOT’s website or call 511 and choose an alternate route if road conditions are unsafe.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle and in your home.
  • Watch out for signs of hypothermia and seek help if you are affected.
  • Keep pets warm and limit outdoor activities.

Find out more tips on how to prepare for winter months.