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CLIMATE
West Virginia enjoys four distinct seasons. Depending on where you visit, the seasons can differ dramatically. In the low-lying areas and valleys, including the western regions of the state and the Eastern Panhandle, winters are quite mild and summers warm. In the central, more mountainous areas of the state — particularly, the Potomac Highlands — winters are much colder, with greater amounts of snow, and summers are pleasant and mild. The statewide average high temperature in July is in the high 70s, while in January, temps in the mid-30s are average. Precipitation across the state averages 40 to 60 inches per year, and snowfall averages 20 to 25 inches per year in most of the state, except for the Potomac Highlands region, which receives significantly greater amounts.

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