Providence is a four-season city, with wet and often snowy winters, cool damp springs, hot summers and colorful crisp autumns, making the weather perfect for somebody, no matter what time of year. Typical winters feature four to six significant snowfalls requiring snowplows on the roads and perhaps another five or so minor snows that barely cling to the sidewalks. The month of greatest snowfall is February, followed by January and March. Plowed-snow piles can last all winter, but usually the snow melts in a few days, leaving the streets clear until the next snowfall. Beware of refrozen water known as black ice on the roads and sidewalks, which can make both driving and walking treacherous.
Spring can be prolonged, cool and drizzly, with summertime temperatures reaching more than 80 F/27 C and occasionally into the 90s F/30s C during June, July and August. Temperatures begin to fall again in mid-September at the onset of the fall foliage season, which lasts until late October. The first measurable snowfall of the winter usually comes in late November.