The mountain climate of Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake provide our area with four distinct seasons. With the higher elevation, our climate tends to be much more temperate than neighboring cities, especially with temperatures and humidity.
Summer in Deep Creek is probably the best season for weather, with morning temperatures in the mid-high 50s, usually peaking in the low 80s. With low humidity, it’s a nice relief for most visitors traveling from much warmer and more humid cities. The latter months of summer are typically the most dry and consistent. Scattered showers usually pass in and out quickly, bringing the sunshine back after cooling everything down. During the summer months, the lake is very warm, sometimes warmer than the air!
Autumn in Deep Creek generally arrives right on cue in late September, bringing chillier nights and lower high temperatures for the day. Temperatures usually range from high 30s to highs 60s, with a few days peaking above 70 degrees in early October. Unfortunately, the crisp fall weather is generally short lived, as winter moves in typically in late November. October almost always sees a pre-seasons snow, with more consistent snow setting in towards Thanksgiving. December can be a mixed bag, with snow falling but not usually lasting more than a few days on the ground.
With more than 100 inches of snow falling annually, winter at Deep Creek Lake is unlike most surrounding areas. The cooler advantage of the mountains stays true in the winter, with temps ranging anywhere from 0 -35 degrees. Dressing in layers with proper outerwear is key for braving the elements here in the winter. Make sure to bring your snowbrush for your car! Snow typically falls a few inches at a time, but Garrett County is known to receive more than a foot at a time a few times throughout the season. With our excellent roads crew, no one stays snowed in for long.
Almost undoubtedly, snow continues to fly through the beginning of spring in Deep Creek. Spring fever does kick in during mid-April, as temps climb into the upper 50s and low 60s. As the snow melts, the landscape slowly transitions to green and growing. Spring is generally a wet season, but we’re all just glad it’s rain and not snow! Things dry out as we head into May and boats begin hitting the water again. The lake temp remains colder until the end of June.