Southern states may not experience a traditional winter season, but they sure do know when it’s starting to get colder. A migration of older citizens, much like birds flying south for the winter, comes to the warmer climates in a season dubbed “snowbird season." When exactly does this season start? Where do these “snowbirds” go? When does it end? The following will answers all your queries about the ever-popular snowbird season in the south.
Snowbird season begins when the weather starts to really cool down in the northern states, so the beginning/middle of October is most popular. Some get a head start and will begin their travels in mid/late September. A lot of the snowbirds consist of Canadians, all looking to escape a harsh winter and find more suitable conditions for living, even just momentarily.
One of the most popular destinations for snowbirds is Florida, home to countless rental properties that are only rented six months out of the year. Most snowbirds either rent or own two separate homes, their residence up north, and their migration residence down south. The vast majority of snowbirds are all retired which allows them the freedom and financial stability to travel as such. If home renting isn’t an option, a lot of snowbirds opt for the mobile option of RVing. Those empty RV lots in the summer look drastically different come to the end of autumn.
So now that we know when they come and where they do when do they leave? The migration of the snowbirds is much like the migration of actual birds, traveling down when the cold comes and going back up north when the cold leaves. The time frame is usually April/May when the snow starts to completely disappear up north. Some do return up north for the holidays, still wanting to enjoy a white Christmas with the perk of knowing they can return to a much warmer place for a few months once the festivities are over.
Snowbirds are an essential part of the southern charm anymore it seems. They help the economy all while enjoying themselves in the process. It’s a win-win for both communities, especially when it comes to not having to shovel any snow!