Skagway's maritime climate features cool summers and mild winters. Average summer temperatures range from 45-67 F/7-19 C and winter temperatures average 18-37 F/-8 to 3 C.
Skagway gets less rain than most southeast Alaskan communities, with an average annual precipitation of only 26.5 in/67 cm. Annual snowfall is also light: 49.1 in/125 cm.
This "home of the north wind" has winds from the south in summer and from the north in winter at a mean wind speed of 15-22 mph/24-35 kph. Most people visit in summer; others prefer the quieter seasons of early May or mid-September when golden leaves transform the gold-rush town.