Winter in Boston

Boston’s weather offers 4 distinct seasons, each with its own weather, activities and sights.

Winter in Boston typically is a period of cold weather, snow, and ice. Some of the most beautiful days of the year happen in winter right after a fresh snowfall. While winter technically begins in December, the cold weather may arrive earlier in November and last until the middle of March (depending on the year). During most winters the temperature may be below freezing during the day and night. However, the weather can be unpredictable- some winters are mild, some have lots of snow and others are almost snow-free.

The Office for Student Affairs and the Harvard Chan Student Association have put together the following information about winter in Boston including tips for what to expect, ways to remain safe and fun winter activities in the area.


The Harvard Chan Inclement Weather policy can be found in the Student Handbook.