January weather forecast and climate
North Carolina, USA

Flag of North Carolina, USA
Flag of North Carolina, USA

Weather in January

January is the coldest month of the year in North Carolina, with the average low temperatures dropping to 20°F (-6.7°C) in the western mountains. Banner Elk averages between 20°F (-6.7°C) to 40°F (4.4°C), while Grandfather Mountain is frigid in the 20°F (-6.7°C) to 36°F (2.2°C) range. Nights are below freezing in the Piedmont region, with Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, registering between 30°F (-1.1°C) to 53°F (11.7°C).
Snowfall records between 10" (254mm) to 12" (305mm) in the high mountains but it's light elsewhere. The average ocean temperature in Southport is warmer than that in Maine in July.
Sledding and snow tubing are popular activities in the cold season. Head over to Dry Falls, and there is an even chance that the frozen waterfalls have created a winter wonderland. The tastiest beers from dozens of breweries are the toast of the Winter Warmer Beer Festival in Ashville. While the season is not extreme, it is prudent to wear warm winter clothes in the evenings. Many people from the northern states celebrate the New Year in January in North Carolina.
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