Skagway
Alaska, USA
Long-term weather forecast
Long-term weather forecast
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Monthly weather forecast and Climate
Skagway, AK

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Skagway experiences a humid continental type of climate (Köppen climate classification Dsb) with cool summers and icy winters. Skagway, the smallest borough in Alaska, lies in a glaciated valley in the Alaskan panhandle, at the head of the most northern fjord of the southern coast of Alaska. The high latitudes and closeness to large water bodies mainly affect the climate.

Skagway lies at an average elevation of 33 meters above sea level. The terrain consists of valleys, mountains, marshlands, wetlands with permafrost cover, glaciers, rivers and lakes. The White Pass and Yukon Trail lead further to the Canada border towards the Yukon River. Skagway is an essential port for cruise ships with its deep waters that provide access to the sea through the Alaska Marine Highway.

Summers are cool to warm in Skagway with a little amount of rain. The days receive mild sunshine even at the peak of summer in July with an average high temperature around 67°F (19.4°C). Winters are glacially cold with temperatures below 0°F (-17.8°C) during many nights and even the days mostly register below freezing. Spring is cold, while autumn is mild and receives the most rainfall of all seasons.

Skagway is in the rain shadow region of the coastal mountains and receives around 26" (660.4mm) of rainfall annually. Fall season receives the most substantial amount of rain, while October and November are the highest months of precipitation. The average snowfall is around 49" (1244.6mm), which may last from late fall to the middle of spring. Frost and fog are regular features of the weather that last for the majority of the year. Skagway registers around 85 sunny days annually with the skies mostly overcast for the majority of the year.

The record high temperature for Skagway is 92°F (33.3°C), set in July 1975, while the lowest temperature on record is -24°F (-31.1°C), set on February 2, 1947.
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The best time to visit Skagway is from mid-May to August during the warm summer days.
The days rise to 80°F (26.7°C) occasionally, while the nights are cold. The ground thaws in the short summer, and the landscape appears panoramic with snow-capped mountains in the background. The weather is mostly dry, and snowfall is almost absent. Summer also provides with the few sunny days of the year with glorious sunshine.

The worst time to visit Skagway is during the winter from December to February when the cold is unbearable.
The temperatures routinely drop below freezing and may even reach the nadir of -20°F (-28.9°C). Snowfall is rampant with considerable accumulation of snow that makes it difficult to stay outdoors for long periods. Winter has short days and sunlight is at a premium as the skies are gloomy for the majority of the cold season.

Skagway is prone to snowstorms and avalanches during the winter. Snowfall can be massive at times, which stalls the city and causes power outages mostly due to trees falling on power lines. Blizzards can limit vision to a few feet during the winter that makes it almost impossible to drive on the snowy roads even with heavily chained tires.
Skagway also faces a risk from seismic activity as the majority of Alaska, which can lead to tsunamis as during the 1964 Alaska earthquake.

January has the coldest temperatures of the year in Skagway with the average low temperature around a freezing 17°F (-8.3°C). The strong arctic winds bring bone-chilling cold. Weather in January »

February is deathly cold in Skagway, as the winter shows no signs of letting up. The skies are partly clear by the second half of the month. Weather in February »

March is cold in Skagway with partly clear skies as the winter still casts its spell on the landscape. The average temperatures are in the 27°F (-2.8°C) to 40°F (4.4°C) range. Weather in March »

April finally sees Skagway above the freezing mark with the average temperatures in the range of 33°F (0.6°C) to 50°F (10°C). The overcast skies give way to clear ones. Weather in April »

The average range is in the mild 41°F (5°C) to warm 59°F (15°C) range as the dry season brings only 1.3" (33mm) of rainfall in May. Skagway port is free of ice by late spring. Weather in May »

The average temperatures are in the warm zone of 47°F (8.3°C) to 65°F (18.3°C), which makes it one of the best times to visit Alaska and Skagway. Weather in June »

July is usually the hottest month of the year in Skagway with the average high temperature tilting up the scale only to 67°F (19.4°C). Temperatures may cross 80°F (26.7°C) on many days. Weather in July »

August has lovely summer weather in Skagway, Alaska with the average temperatures in the 49°F (9.4°C) to 65°F (18.3°C) zone. Weather in August »

The average temperatures are in the range of a mild 44°F (6.7°C) to 57°F (13.9°C) with partly cloudy skies. The evenings are cold with the north wind blowing around 10 miles per hour. Weather in September »

The brief autumn season sees average temperatures in the cold 37°F (2.8°C) to 48°range. October usually records the first snowfall of the season. Weather in October »

November brings cold weather to Skagway with the end of the fall season with strong winds encircling the city. The average temperatures are in the cold 27°F (-2.8°C) to 36°F (2.2°C). Weather in November »

December is the start of the long and cold winter season in Skagway with the average temperatures in the 23°F (-5°C) to 32°F (0°C) range. Weather in December »
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