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Old 10-04-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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Hello all, I am relocating from Los Angeles, CA to Charlotte. Could someone tell me honestly what the Winters are like in Charlotte please??? Los Angeles folks don't do seasons..lol

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Old 10-04-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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The thread title would be more appropriate followed up with "...or lack thereof".

We don't get a lot of bad weather (usually). It gets a little cold, sometimes below freezing but often not. Last year, I don't think we had any significant snow at all. Now, having said that, when there is snow and ice it is a major problem since it can't always be removed from your road. For instance, one year there was a fairly big storm and the main roads were cleared up pretty well. Didn't matter to me because I couldn't get out of my neighborhood because they don't take care of the streets in my subdivision.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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many people where shorts 365 days a year. Especially teens...
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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what's a Charlotte winter?
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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many people where shorts 365 days a year. Especially teens...
Every winter, when I visit any of the rural areas around Charlotte metro in shorts, I always get this one: "Y'all ain't from around here, are ya? It's cold today!"

This is usually when it is about 50.
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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Hahaha I love it! Sounds like L.A. cold for us consists of a scarf, jean jacket and flip flops.

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Old 10-04-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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Hello all, I am relocating from Los Angeles, CA to Charlotte. Could someone tell me honestly what the Winters are like in Charlotte please??? Los Angeles folks don't do seasons..lol

Thanks all.
It usually takes a turn sometime in Early December. Stays cool for about 8-12 weeks. I start to notice a change usually around Valentines day. Rarely does it ever stay below 32 degrees for a high. You almost have to have snow cover for that to happen here. A really cold day is 40 degrees. Now It does get cold at night, being that we have a lot of clear skies. Cold meaning it dips into the 20's at night. The worst days to me is when it is 40 or below, and is raining. That's cold. I would almost prefer snow at that point. You can expect a handful of these a year.

As for snow we are due for a storm. We had one measureable snowfall last year. About an inch or so. The year before I seen snow flurries once. If there is more that an inch or 2 of snow the city shuts down. Ice and sleet are possible as well. I've seen probably 6 big snow events in 12 years of living here. I consider a big snow here anything more than 3 inches. I've seen a 9 inch snowfall and a 16 inch snowfall while living here
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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It does snow once or twice a season if we are lucky but it melts within a day or few days. I don't have to layer to keep warm and usually in jeans/shirt and a jacket is sufficient. Hubby wears the shorts but I don't.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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One of the bigger issues we get is when it snows, then partially melts and then freezes overnight.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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I lived in Orange County and in Fresno for several years. I know it does get cold at night even in California... enough to need heat at night and sometimes it takes a while for the clouds to burn off in the mornings and you need a jacket for a while.

Anyway Charlotte might be described as being about 2500 feet up in the mountains around LA. You could a few inches of snow occasionally, but it usually melts away within a day if you see any. Days are sunny enough that it gets into the mid 50s often even in the middle of winter.

It's unsual to have cold that is deep enough to hold temperatures below freezing in the daytime. Even nighttime freezes normally just put a film of ice on puddles. It doesn't freeze the ground hard like you experience in a true northern climate.
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