Despite its small size, New Hampshire is a state that regularly sees winter storms and blizzards. This is especially true of the high mountains.
Temperatures in the White Mountains are cool to very cold year-round. However, summer temperatures can be quite warm in the higher elevations (especially in the southern part of the state).
The statewide annual precipitation average is 48.8 inches; higher amounts occur in the south and along the eastern border, and lower amounts are found in the west and north.
The highest peak in New Hampshire, Mount Washington, often receives more than 20 feet of snow each year. The area also receives a good amount of snowfall from other mountains in the state.
As climate change progresses, New Hampshire is expected to see increases in annual precipitation. In particular, the state is projected to experience an increase in extreme precipitation events, which can cause flooding and damage to infrastructure.