FAQ - WHAT IS WINTER LIKE ON HILTON HEAD, SC
Do 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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