This post is a summary of the weather in February in NYC, including average temperatures, how much snow to expect, plus tips on what to wear and what to do. Check out our weather reports for January and March.
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HOW COLD IS NEW YORK IN FEBRUARY?
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).
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).
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.
DOES IT SNOW IN FEBRUARY IN NYC?
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.
Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
- Celebrate Chinese New Year
- Go Ice Skating Day or Night
- Watch a Hockey or Basketball Game
- Look Out From the Observation Deck at 1 World Trade Center
- Save Money During Restaurant Week
- Celebrate Valentine's Day
- Explore Grand Central Terminal
- Celebrate Black History Month
- Celebrate President's Day
- See a Concert
Read our full post on things to do in NYC in February for even more ideas.