The Northeast recently underwent a fairly massive snowstorm, affectionately named Snowmageddon 2014 or what others termed as the Son of Snowmageddon.

Our big February snow storm dumped approximately 18 inches of snow in the Smith Mountain Lake area with an average annual snowfall of just about 10 inches, this was one for the books! This happens every 5 or 6 years and is now just a distant memory and a big boost to our annual precipitation. Our normally temperate weather makes SML a top destination whether for permanent residence or as a vacation destination.

A lot of visitors and prospective residents of Smith Mountain Lake ask me to highlight each season of the year, so allow me to elaborate:

The spring season typically arrives early in Smith Mountain Lake as the clean and crisp mountain air gives way to longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. Many colorful wildflowers begin to bloom and drives are filled with the sight of many flowering dogwoods which are the state flower of Virginia.

Take a dip in the lake if you get too hot, as July marks our hottest month of the year. The average high for this month is 86 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 64 degrees. The highest level of precipitation also comes in July with an average of 4.87 inches of rainfall. This not only ensures that the hillsides stay green nearly year around but also helps to cool off the perfect day at the lake when it gets too hot.


Enjoy all of the beautiful turning leaves that the autumn season brings as this is one of the most gorgeous times of the year around SML. Foliage colors usually peak in mid to late October with an average high temperature of 69 degrees Fahrenheit this season still makes for a perfect opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the many recreational activities that SML has to offer.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are a sight to see when they are snow capped but heavy snowfall accumulation is rare; as winter at SML is normally mild. The coolest average month is January and the average winter temperature is still a warm 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

We don’t have hot temperatures like the south nor do we have the high annual snowfall like parts of the north do, making Smith Mountain Lake the perfect place to enjoy part-time or full time. Contact me today to learn more about why Smith Mountain Lake is the perfect place to call home while enjoying four distinct, but mild seasons.