Hilton Head Island, SC Real Estate Professional: FAQ-WHAT IS WINTER LIKE ON HILTON HEAD, SC



FAQ-What is Winter Like on Hilton Head, SCDo you get snow on Hilton Head Island?

The short answer is, we have had one dusting ( I moved here last from MN). In the 17 years I have lived here, I have seen snow remain on the ground only once. It happened at 10:00PM and outside I heard the neighborhood children screaming with joy and giggling and laughing.

I turned on the outside lights and saw snow coming down and blanketing the grass, the driveway, my patio table and the birdfeeder. The children were making snow angels in what tiny  bit of snow was there - with the grass sticking out.  They ran over to borrow a hat and asked me for a carrot for the snowman's nose. Their little snowman probably stood at 18 inches high but they were ecstatic - that was five years ago. 

What is the average temperature in the winter on Hilton Head

From what I can see I would say that we are in the high 30s low 40s in the morning and 60's in the afternoon (however, on Hilton Head Island itself it tends to be a bit warmer due to the breeze off the Atlantic Ocean) but you can check out this link  from the weather Channel to get exact information.

Do the trees lose their leaves on Hilton Head?

You would be surprised that I even get the question at all but I think it's from folks up north who look at their present landscape draped in white and want to know how it will look when they get here.

We do have some trees that lose their leaves; in fact there are many varieties of oaks that are indigenous to this area. Some do indeed lose their leaves but no, it does not look barren. There are many other plants that fill in the spaces. We even have the mistletoe, which is quite an invasive vine that remains on some of the trunks and upper branches in the winter giving the trees a kind of halo. We have 'sawtooth' Palmettos that act as lower story foliage as well as Wax myrtle and other Jasmine groundcovers. The holly that remain green and we do have true evergreens as well; this includes the magnificent magnolia that remain green all year and the pretty camellias that stay green too and bloom with pretty pink blossoms in the winter.

I always encourage people to check with the Clemson University Extension Service to learn about the plants here before they come so they can enjoy our flora and fauna.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsSusan Jacobsen • January 23 2014 12:57PM


Susan - Hilton head is a great place and a nice compromise for people who are tired of the cold Northeast but still like a little change in the seasons.  Great golf destination.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 6 years ago

Susan, thanks for the informative post about the foliage in Hilton Head area.  I love the palmettos, but have never seen mistletoe growing, but I have never been to Hilton Head.  Yes, we enjoy the change of seasons and will be anxious for spring if this cold spell continues much longer.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Mary - brrrrrrr is all I can say. Remember, we lived in MN for years before we 'saw the light'. I will say that it is pretty and it sure was fun to see Minneapolis chosen this week by the "TODAY" show as the city with the healthiest people. They just get out there no matter the weather. The people are so great - I'll bet your folks are also bound together with their shared experiences too! Stay warm

Posted by Susan Jacobsen, 20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service (The Alliance Group Realty) about 6 years ago

Susan, because of your localism post, you've been *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue!  Thank you. 

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Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 4 years ago

Gayle - WOW a featured post! now if we could only feel just a little bit of that coolness - but we are heading into our most perfect time of year so, no worries! Funny about this post too since I'm in the process of writing right now :-) Thanks for the encouragement -

Posted by Susan Jacobsen, 20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service (The Alliance Group Realty) over 4 years ago

Now that would have been  a sight to see... snow on the ground in Hilton Head... I'll bet the kids were very excited!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 4 years ago

Rob - Bristol TN - such a pretty area you work in! Yes, it was pretty hilarious - having moved here 19 years ago from MN we were pretty surprised. It's unusual and the pool birds were soooo confused :-)

Posted by Susan Jacobsen, 20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service (The Alliance Group Realty) over 4 years ago

Just making a drive by to stop and say hello.  We are stopping in Hilton Head for a couple off days in early March and was looking to get a little bit of the character

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 4 years ago