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Old 09-02-2007, 07:34 PM
 
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I forgot to include this question in my last post but I just wanted to know what the winter weather is like in Chambersburg. Here in Charleston, SC summer is like six months and I hate it. Saying winter here is like saying a foreign word.
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Old 09-03-2007, 07:51 AM
 
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Winters can be cold for periods of time, with/without snow. If it does snow, it's pretty quick to get cleared or melt. On occasion we've been housebound for a day or two, but not for days/weeks on end. You might want to also look into Hagerstown, MD. I'm not sure where Letterkenny is, from what information you've provided, it may be worth looking into. North of Chambersburg, going towards Shippensburg University on Route 81 might be an option as well, for diversity and a little more urban appeal.
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:38 AM
 
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I forgot to include this question in my last post but I just wanted to know what the winter weather is like in Chambersburg. Here in Charleston, SC summer is like six months and I hate it. Saying winter here is like saying a foreign word.
Hi,
We've lived in Chambersburg for about 2 years now, so my perspective is one of a relative newcomer. We find Chambersburg's weather to be very close to perfect. We, too, have lived in many places where summer is 6+months a year and found is slightly depresssing. Chambersburg gets incredible spring and fall seasons. Winters can get quite cold. There are a few days where you go outside and feel cold to the bone, but those seem to be infrequent. Most days are cold, with highs in the 30's or so (best recollection), but a nice scarf and coat make you feel toasty. We did have a couple of snows each winter we've been here, but only one (Feb. 14, 2007) really seemed to slow us down. It took until almost Noon for the snow plows to get to our neighborhood and so I was late for work. I spent about 45 minutes trying to get out of the driveway and then got stuck in the street. My husband would not have had to go to work had he been in town. Most of my neighbors didn't go to work. Everybody seems to help everybody, with many having snow plows or snow blowers. All the kids are outside enjoying it Those are really special days. I do know people that live in the country and they seem to "get stuck" a bit longer. Many will tell stories of the winter of '94 (I think I have the year right) where they were stuck for 2 weeks. We love the weather. In fact, we are in the FL panhandle right now and I had forgotton what heat and humidity feel like
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:26 AM
 
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Hi,
We've lived in Chambersburg for about 2 years now, so my perspective is one of a relative newcomer. We find Chambersburg's weather to be very close to perfect. We, too, have lived in many places where summer is 6+months a year and found is slightly depresssing. Chambersburg gets incredible spring and fall seasons. Winters can get quite cold. There are a few days where you go outside and feel cold to the bone, but those seem to be infrequent. Most days are cold, with highs in the 30's or so (best recollection), but a nice scarf and coat make you feel toasty. We did have a couple of snows each winter we've been here, but only one (Feb. 14, 2007) really seemed to slow us down. It took until almost Noon for the snow plows to get to our neighborhood and so I was late for work. I spent about 45 minutes trying to get out of the driveway and then got stuck in the street. My husband would not have had to go to work had he been in town. Most of my neighbors didn't go to work. Everybody seems to help everybody, with many having snow plows or snow blowers. All the kids are outside enjoying it Those are really special days. I do know people that live in the country and they seem to "get stuck" a bit longer. Many will tell stories of the winter of '94 (I think I have the year right) where they were stuck for 2 weeks. We love the weather. In fact, we are in the FL panhandle right now and I had forgotton what heat and humidity feel like
Firstly, I think the Feb 14, 2007 was the ice storm. Since it was a really bad one (kept alternating freezing rain, sleet, and snow), and the state usually gets snow or sleet (none of that freezing rain crap), the state wasn't prepared for it and all the roads were screwed up for longer than they usually are, and the interstates took days to clean up.
The state wanted to let the snow soak up the freezing rain so it didn't stick to the road, but instead it created a hard as stone ice sheet which many plows were having problems getting cleared. Was bad enough for national news which is uncommon.

Secondly, it was the winter of '93 which is known as the storm of the century. I was 5 and it came half way up my chest. The snow in some places was 3 feet with snow drifts significantly more. It was loose snow and blizzard winds, so whenever a road was cleared, the wind would just blow the snow back over it.

Week long snow day. woot.
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:59 AM
 
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I forgot to include this question in my last post but I just wanted to know what the winter weather is like in Chambersburg. Here in Charleston, SC summer is like six months and I hate it. Saying winter here is like saying a foreign word.
I think you'll like the 4 distinct seasons. Fall is beautiful. Winters really aren't bad; only moderate amounts of snowfall -- nothing like the Great Lakes region. The local municipalities aren't the best at snow removal, but rarely are the conditions so bad that you can't get around. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:18 PM
 
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Great to hear that there's rarely ice storms...but really, not that much snow every? I mean, I don't want lake effect or anything, but maybe more than the DC area usually gets?
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:40 AM
 
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Sometimes you'll luck out with a good snowfall, but that ain't often. The last few years have been horrible for snow. Chambersburg averages 25-35 inches of snow a year, if that.
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