Climate & Weather

Cherokee's climate is pleasant all year long. We enjoy four distinct seasons, yet none are extreme. Southerners flock to our mountains to enjoy the cool Summer evenings, and our warmest days rarely exceed the 80s.

Our winters are cold enough to support skiing and snow tubing on nearby mountain slopes. Yet most winter days are moderate enough to make hiking an inviting outdoor activity.

Winter always brings some snow to the mountains. However, snow is rarely an inconvenience and tends to lend charm to the winter season. Crews work around the clock to keep highways passable.

The exception are the National Park Service roads — the Blue Ridge Parkway and Highway 441 through the Smokies, connecting Cherokee and Gatlinburg. Because the Park Service can use no chemicals to melt snow and ice, these roads are occasionally closed to winter traffic.

Annual Climate Averages for Cherokee

High
(F)
Low
(F)
Rain
Snow
Jan
47.5
26.0
3.48
4.6
Feb
50.6
27.6
3.60
2.8
Mar
58.4
34.4
5.13
1.6
Apr
68.6
42.7
3.84
0.9
May
75.6
51.0
4.19
0.0
Jun
81.4
58.2
4.20
0.0
Jul
84.0
62.4
4.43
0.0
Aug
83.5
61.6
4.79
0.0
Sept
77.9
55.8
3.96
0.0
Oct
68.7
43.3
3.29
0.0
Nov
58.6
34.2
3.29
0.0
Dec
50.3
28.2
3.51
0.0