Some common questions about the weather at Smith Mountain Lake are: How much does it snow in the winter? How good are the snow removal crews? How hot does it get in the summer? How humid does it get? What are the bugs like during summer? And others.
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Smith Mountain Lake averages 10 inches of snow per year. What does mean in practical terms? Well, some winters we don’t get any snow at all. Other years if there is a big snowstorm on the east coast, we will get some of that. The good thing is with average winter high temperatures in the 40s, snow here doesn’t stay on the ground for very long. Here’s an example from a recent winter: we had only one snowstorm, and it resulted in about 5 inches of snow. Within 4-5 days, almost all of that snow had melted. That’s fairly typical. Most homeowners don’t even employ snow removal contractors, although those services are of course available.
As for the Virginia Dept. of Transportation snow removal crews at Smith Mountain Lake, they are quite good. You’ll see their trucks out on the roads before, during, and after a storm.
What about the summer; how hot does it get? The average high during summer is 86, but days in the 90s are not uncommon either. The average humidity at Smith Mountain Lake is about 65%. That’s not super dry (like Phoenix), or super humid (like Florida), but could be considered a “medium” level of humidity, which tends to be comfortable.
What about bugs during summer? Like almost everywhere, we do have our share of bugs during the warmer months. Things like stink bugs, gnats, bees, and so forth are common. Fortunately there are numerous pest control companies available to handle this issue for you. But for some reason (and often people don’t believe me when I tell them this), we just don’t get mosquitoes at Smith Mountain Lake! I don’t know why, and there are plenty of other bugs, but for whatever reason mosquitoes are not an issue here. One pesky bug to be careful of however, particularly during hot periods, are “chiggers.” If walking through a wooded area, baby chiggers can be drawn to your legs (it’s the baby chiggers that are the problem). They are so small, you cannot see them. And you cannot feel anything either…until the next day. If you’ve gotten chiggers on your body, the next day you may have red welts everywhere, and have itching like you wouldn’t believe! I know from experience, and it’s not fun. As with most things however, the best medicine is prevention, and there are all kinds of chigger repellent products available. Just Google “chigger spray” and you’ll get a huge selection. I keep this kind of spray in the trunk of my car, so I can use it anytime I might be walking in a heavily wooded area. It works!
Spring and Autumn are my personal favorite seasons at Smith Mountain Lake. It’s not too hot, certainly not too cold, the lake is a little less crowded, and it’s absolutely beautiful. If you get a chance to visit SML especially in Autumn, I highly recommend it!
By Ted Ciporin, Realtor
Wainwright & Company Realtors®
16503 Booker T. Washington Hwy.
Moneta, VA 24121