Fort Lee Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
Ready to keep your heavy winter gear packed away for most of the year? When you and your family make a PCS move to Fort Lee, Virginia, you can do just that! This installation — home of the Combined Arms Support Command — is in Prince George County, Virginia, a rural area about 45 minutes south of Richmond. The area is known for its hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters so packing the right clothing and gear is a breeze.
Because climate conditions can sometimes become dangerous at Fort Lee, hurricane warnings, other weather alerts, and any weather-related post closures, will be communicated through the Alert! Mass Warning Notification System. Register with the Alert! System to receive email, text messages, and phone alerts at work or home when the installation is experiencing an emergency or serious incident.
The following are examples of what you can expect each season:
High temps: Low 60s to upper 70s
Low temps: Low 40s to mid 50s
A mix of sun and rain ensures flowers will be blooming in the region. It’s the perfect time of year to visit Dutch Gap and see the birth of new wildlife and enjoy the wetlands surrounding the conservation area. Layers will help you stay comfortable as temperatures fluctuate from chilly in the morning and evening to downright warm in the afternoons. Expect a fair amount of rain in spring with around 46 inches falling annually. High winds and thunderstorms can be a concern from spring into summer when hurricane season begins.
High temps: Low 80s to low 90s
Low temps: Low to upper 60s
Things get a bit warmer once summer rolls around. The wet season begins at the beginning of May and lasts until the end of August, creating a muggy mix of heat and humidity. Take the short trip over to Pocahontas State Park to cool off in one of the small lakes or the aquatic center. There’s also boating, camping, 90 miles of hiking and fishing to take your mind off the heat. Dress for the hot weather with lightweight fabrics, hats for shade and ensure you reapply sunscreen, especially on cloudy days.
High temps: Low 60s to mid 80s
Low temps: Low 40s to mid 60s
Relief comes in the fall, with lower (but still warm) temps and far less humidity. Outdoor activities abound during this season. Mornings and evenings call for layers that can be easily shed during those sporadic spikes in temps. Cloud coverage remains present, and the chance of a hurricane is prevalent during September but can occur any time from June through November. Stay prepared by signing up for alerts from Ready Virginia, having a shelter plan in place, and keeping an emergency preparedness kit handy.
High temps: High 40s to low 60s
Low temps: Mid 30s to high 40s
Winter and cold weather will sweep through this area quickly and, before you know it, it’ll be warm again. Rainfall is a common occurrence but luckily temperatures rarely fall below freezing. Snowfall is also very rare and you’ll usually be comfortable wearing a cozy sweater or a wool coat while outdoors. The mild winter temperatures mean outdoor sports and activities are actually enjoyable. There are tons of places to ski, ice skate or go sledding, just a short drive away from Fort Lee.
Field and Training Expectations Year-round
Soldiers at Fort Lee can expect to train in a variety of weather conditions. Therefore, a range of uniforms and clothing are important to remain healthy and effective. It’s important to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the dangerous effects of too much heat and sun, such as sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heat/sun stroke. If you’re feeling any negative effects from the weather, find some shade immediately, drink water (slowly) and try to cool off.
With proper planning and preparation, you’ll be ready for any type of weather you encounter in your new home. Use our tips listed above and check the installation’s Facebook and Twitter pages to stay on top of anything headed your way while living at Fort Lee.
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