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Branson Weather and Packing Advice

Branson's weather is typical of the Midwest. Winters tend to be mild with snow accumulations usually between one and two inches. Springtime offers milder temperatures which make it an ideal time for shopping, hiking and fishing. Enjoy many of Branson's outdoor activities during the summer when the sun seems to only stop shining at night. Mild weather and fall foliage is a great reason to make a visit to Branson in autumn.

WEATHER:

Winter - With daytime averages of 45 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 20s and 30s, the holiday season has become an increasingly popular time to visit Branson. Winter weather, though brisk, is rarely severe. Snowfall is just the right amount to create beautiful winter scenery for a day or two. Pack hats, gloves, scarves and heavy coats to stay warm and plan on checking your coat at the theaters and attractions so you won't have to lug your gear around while indoors. (A helpful tip: Keep a couple of large safety pins in your coat pockets to secure your hat and gloves to your coat when checking it.)

Spring - With rainfall averaging four inches per month, spring can be quite wet. Although the temperature in March averages a cool 46?F, April and May offers comfortable daytime temperatures in the low 70s. An umbrella and raincoat are recommended during Spring. Pack clothes that you can layer, so you can keep up with the unpredictable changes in temperature.

Summer - The hottest and the most popular time to visit Branson is during the summer. The climate is generally humid. Average daily temperatures range from 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. A typical July day may be around 66?F just before sunrise and may reach 85 to 90 degrees by mid-afternoon. Light, loose-fitting clothes are best choices for hot days. And if you chill easily, pack long pants and a light jacket for evenings (and maybe to bring along to that air-conditioned theater!)

Fall - The weather is usually the most settled during the autumn months of September and October. Highs average a cozy 77 degrees Fahrenheit. With evenings in the 50s you will find a sweater or jacket can be useful.

PACKING ADVICE:

Branson's climate is marked by long, warm summers, and variable weather conditions at other times during the year. There are periods of almost constantly changing weather, and periods when the weather is stable. For the most popular months, remember to take an umbrella. Good preparation and common sense is a good rule of thumb to follow.

  • Planning Your Packing. Anything you forget to pack, you'll have to buy. It is wise to make a list of everything you need to take with you and refer to it as you pack. This will ensure that nothing will be overlooked (and anything that is, is a good excuse to go shopping).  
  • Packing For Comfort. Products that will help you withstand the humidity, as well as sunscreen are a must. Natural fibers like cotton or silk and light colors are good choices for hot days. To avoid aching feet, pack a pair of familiar walking shoes.

Always check the forecast before leaving. Locals have a long-standing joke about the weather here. When someone asks, "What's the weather like?" The proper response: "Just give it a minute. It'll change."

For current weather conditions, take a look at our Branson weather page.

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