Does It Snow In South Carolina?

“Does it snow in South Carolina?” you ask. Yes, it does snow in South Carolina, but in much of the state, that snowfall is minimal. Snow is considered rare, particularly along the sub-tropical Lowcountry coast. Here, as little as an inch of snow might accumulate all winter, and often there is none of the cold, wet stuff at all. In the northeastern areas of South Carolina, the average accumulation of snow recorded is less than 12 inches a year. 

December is the beginning of the winter season in South Carolina, with moderate rainfall between 3″ to 4″. The average highs are in the mild 46°F to 60°F range, while the average lows are between 29°F to 39°F.
Snowfall is moderate in the Midlands and Upstate regions. In the Lowcountry, snowfall is rare, with this southeastern coast receiving no snow or less than an inch of measurable snow in the year. Much of South Carolina enjoys up to seven hours of sunlight, even in the coldest season. Occasionally, a cold front will travel to the interior, but temperatures rarely drop to extreme levels for extended periods and snowstorms are rare. 

A jacket or sweater is generally sufficient for people used to cold conditions, and in December, snowbirds from the north, happy to leave their snow shovels, boots, and parkas at home, migrate to South Carolina in search of warm weather. 

Where does it snow in South Carolina?

If you’re looking for the most reliable winter snowfall in South Carolina, you’ll likely find it at about 2000 feet above sea level. The snowiest part of South Carolina is upstate in the Blue Ridge Mountains. An average of 12 inches of snow falls in this area each year. 

People Upstate have a lot of fun with their snowfall, though. Skiing, tubing, sledding, and ice skating are top favorites, followed closely by drinking hot chocolate (or craft beer) and sitting by a cozy fireplace. 

What are winters like in South Carolina?

Winter temperatures and snowfalls vary slightly in South Carolina, depending on the region. South Carolina has four distinct areas: The Pee Dee, the Upstate, the Lowcountry, and the Midlands.

The Pee Dee region is the northeastern part of South Carolina and includes large cities such as Myrtle Beach and Florence. This area averages about one snow day a year. The mean winter daytime temperature is around 55°F. 

The Upstate is at the top of the state, and it’s where you’ll find the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Appalachians. This mountain range shelters the area and the rest of the state from cold northwestern air. From December to February, the temperatures Upstate range from highs of 50 to 54° F to lows of 31 to 33° F.

A Lowcountry winter is typically mild, with December, January, and February temperatures ranging between 40 and 60 degrees. The Lowcountry’s southeastern location enjoys a subtropical climate. Snowfall is rare. 

The Midlands is so named because it is the halfway point between Upstate and the Lowcountry. Home to the state capital of Columbia, the Midlands is the least predictable area of the state in experiencing snowfall events. About five out of every ten years, the region will have no snowfall at all; however, in the five out of ten years that the area does receive snow, the accumulations are anywhere from under an inch to occasionally as much as four to five inches. 

What city in South Carolina gets the most snow?

According to HomeSnacks, which lists the top ten snowiest cities in South Carolina, Greer takes first place. One of South Carolina’s fastest-growing cities, Greer is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, right in the heart of South Carolina’s Upstate region. With just over 35,000 people, this busy town boasts an average of about six inches of snow a year.

Winters are mild and brief, however, with temperatures warming to about 70 F in February.

What city in South Carolina gets the least snow?

If you’re looking to live in the least snowy part of South Carolina, look no further than Beaufort. 

Current Results measures the average annual snowfall in Beaufort at 0.3 inches – if it snows at all. Heck, you can clear that much snow away with a feather duster!

In Beaufort, there are 18.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, making it one of the warmest places in South Carolina.

Balance those 18 chilly days against a full 216 days of sunshine every year, and you just may have found paradise.

Come and see for yourself!

Celadon Living invites you to visit Beaufort and experience one of America’s most delightful Lowcountry coastal towns. We’d love to have you join us for a Discovery Tour.

Enjoy Our Discovery Tour of Beaufort and the Beautiful Celadon Community

A Celadon Discovery Visit is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the daily life of the Lowcountry and get to know Beaufort and Celadon as your potential new home.

Enjoy two nights and three days of fine inns offering delicious home-cooked Southern breakfasts. You will also be able to visit Beaufort’s waterfront, shops, and galleries. 

We will also show you why Celadon is the perfect place for you in Beaufort! We’ll take you on a thorough and personalized tour of our Lowcountry neighborhoods (where you can check out our available homes and homesites), lovely parks and trails, Celadon Club, and more.

Contact us today to arrange your Discovery Visit. We look forward to showing you all that Celadon has to offer.

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