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Autumn is a great time to visit Virginia. This part of the country certainly enjoys true fall weather with changing colors and cooler weather. Summer crowds will have dispersed and your access to local museums and attractions will be easier.
But it’s still warm in autumn. If you head to Virginia in September, you’ll see highs averaging 81, while in October that daily high average drops to 71. At night, the lows are in the mid-60s. You might assume you’d also be missing the rainy season, but you’d be wrong there. It rains on average every single month in Virginia, and the months of September and October are no exception. Each month gets an average of 4 and 3 inches, respectively.
In fact, Virginia gets a good amount of rainfall with the average annual rainfall total clocking in at a hefty 47 inches. There’s snow here, too, but not a terribly large amount. You can expect a dusting per year and every few years or so, it gets a snowfall that puts about a foot of snow on the ground but not very often.
Now, if you’ll be in Virginia during the summer, it does get warm and quite humid. Average daily temperatures in July are 88 for the high and 67 for the low. You’ll find a few hot days in there to make you swelter, but there will also be some nice, cool days as well.
The winters in Virginia are bearable. Highs in January and February average around 50, while the lows average about 29. You could certainly find a harsher climate to visit in the middle of winter, but on the East Coast, not much of a kinder one.
While the main area of Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, is open all year round, one must keep in mind that after the New Years event First Night Williamsburg concludes, the colonial area goes dormant. Often times construction will happen in the historic section from mid January until mid to late March. While you can still go in buildings under construction, many times they are covered in scaffolding that make them not as attractive to view from the outside. Also, a lot of street work and sewer work is done on Duke of Gloucester Street; the center of the historic district. Normally, the street is an automobile free zone but with the work, often times there will be trucks and machinery on the historic strip.
Around the middle of March, closer to Easter, Williamsburg wakes up again and it doesn't really go back to sleep until the following January. Spring is a gorgeous time to visit as well and see all of the flowers blooming and the trees turning green again.