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How is the Weather in New York in February?

Updated: October 5, 2023

This post is a summary of the weather in February in NYC.

We include average temperatures, how much snow to expect, plus tips on what to wear and what to do.

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Early in February, afternoon temperatures tend to be mostly in the upper 30s f (3-4 C) while overnight and early morning lows dip into the mid to upper 20s f (-3 to -4 C).

A few of the colder mornings can see temperature dropping into the lower teens (-10 to -12 C).  

Average Temperature in NYC in February

As the month progresses, daytime high temperatures begin to warm up a bit, getting up into the mid-40s F (6-7 C) with a few days reaching into the mid-50s F (12-14 C).

Partly due to these temperatures, February is the cheapest time of year to visit NYC.

However, for some, this could be the very best time to come. You can read more in our things to do section below.


Skies tend to be sunny or at least partly sunny for about 17 days while some precipitation occurring, on average, on about 9-10 days.  


About 3 of these days will record some snow, 2 of which will see snowfall of at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) and about 1 day on average records a snowfall of 3 inches (7.6 cm) or more.

Past Februaries have seen total snowfalls from as little as a trace to almost 37 inches (94 cm); however, the long-term average is just over 9 inches (23 cm).

Check out our full post for predicting when it will snow in NYC this winter.


February in New York is cold, so you want to make sure you pack correctly!

We've made a list below of essentials to pack when visiting New York in February:

1. Winter Coat

A winter coat or jacket is essential to pack. Anything will wool or down will keep you nice and warm.

If you have one that's waterproof like this one by Wantdo, even better!

Pack with some gloves, a scarf, and a hat. 

2. Long Pants

Long pants or trousers are a must. Think jeans and wool pants to stay warm.

If you plan of wearing a skirt, be sure to wear warm stockings or legging underneath, like these wool ones by Woolx

3. Waterproof Boots

There will be a number of rainy days and a few snow days in February.

Packing a waterproof boot or shoe will keep you warm and dry as you explore New York City. 


Even though it is winter, there are many things to do in NYC inside and out.

Below is the top 10 list from our post on things to do in NYC in February

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

Read our full post on things to do in NYC in February for even more ideas. 

If you are coming at the start or end of the month, be sure to check out our guides for January and March, and see our full post on things to do anytime of year in NYC for even more ideas. 

SEASONAL OUTLOOK - December 2022 to February 2023

There is a 73 % chance for normal to above normal temperatures with near normal rainfall.

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About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: October 5th, 2023
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