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Pittsburgh Winter Weather & Travel

What to Wear in Winter


During the cold months of December, January and February, Pittsburgh becomes a winter wonderland. Hat, gloves, scarf - and skis if you're adventurous - are all a must! Pack for cold and snow, but be ready for a possible mid-winter break when temperatures sometimes reach into the 50s and even 60s. Average high temperatures are in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Average Temperatures:
September 31.5º
October 26.1º
November 28.7º

Average Annual Snowfall: 43.5 inches

Fun Winter Facts About Pittsburgh
From the National Weather Service

  • Largest snowstorm on record: 27.4 inches for Nov. 24 through 26, 1950.

  • Greatest snowfall in one day: 23.6 inches on March 13, 1993.

  • Greatest depth of snow on the ground: 26 inches on Jan. 12, 1978.

  • Longest period with at least an inch of snow on the ground: Jan. 8 through March 12, 1978.

  • Average annual snowfall in the past 30 years: 40 inches

Winters in Pittsburgh aren't as extreme as many people expect. Sure it gets cold here, but lows are generally in the 20s (though they do dip down into the single digits every now and then). Snowfall tends to come just a few inches at a time, and local snow removal departments do a pretty good job of keeping the roads cleaned and salted.

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