With Thanksgiving’s Turkey Day behind us, the next round of exciting changes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the beginnings of this year’s Winter season for the Northern Hemisphere!
As we move into Winter, it’s now possible to some spot beautiful snow falling across on your island on select days, as it replaces any rainfall you might typically receive. However, you won’t see any of this snow actually sticking to the ground quite yet for a couple more weeks in December.
Over here at Animal Crossing World, we actually received our first day of snowfall today on November 27th with snow coming down from the sky off and on all day long.
Not everyone will receive snow right away today though, but be on the lookout! When it does happen for the first time, Isabelle will have some comments on the first sighting of snow during her morning announcements.
If you’d like to get a preview of exactly when you can first encounter snowfall on your island, we recommend trying out Ninji’s MeteoNook weather forecasting tool that we previously covered in a complete guide. While the most interesting purpose is finding Meteor Showers, it’s great for other basic weather like this too.
Just like rain weather in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, snow can come in both lighter and heavier forms depending on the date and time of day, or even stop entirely for portions of the day.
The screenshots in this article are from a Heavy Snow weather event that only lasted around an hour, so you’ll likely encounter a more subtle version on your own island most of the time until we get deeper into the Winter season!
When snow falls on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll notice a few small changes that really bring in the feeling of winter in-game. For one, your villagers will begin to wear more cozy winter clothes when they’re wandering outdoors, including coats and knit hats.
And on December 1st, you’ll be able to get your hands on these items yourself easily as more winter themed types of clothing will become available to purchase yourself at Able Sisters.
Another lovely winter change we love in Animal Crossing is a subtle adjustment to the game’s hourly background music tracks. Each of the 24 different tracks for every hour of the day has a special winter variation with some extra jingles and other sounds sprinkled in while it’s snowing on your island.
It’s worth noting that even though snow has started to appear, the fall themed Mushrooms and Acorns & Pine Cones seasonal materials are still available for a little bit longer. You’ll be able to find Mushrooms (and recipes) up until the very last day of November, and Acorns & Pine Cones (plus recipes) for a couple more weeks until December 10th.
Then beginning on Dccember 11th, snow will stick to the ground and our islands will be fully covered in snow to enjoy! A new batch of Winter themed items to craft using Snowflakes will come into play, including the ability to find Snowballs and roll them together building to build a Snowman.
If you can manage to build a Perfect Snowboy, you’ll get exclusive DIY recipes and Large Snowflake materials! It can be a little tricky though, so be sure to read our detailed How To Build A Perfect Snowman (Snowboy) Every Time Guide.
A few days later after that, the Festive Season in Animal Crossing will truly begin with decorated trees appearing on your island, alongside Christmas Ornaments to collect and craft Festive items! Check out our complete Festive Christmas Ornaments Guide.
Be sure to let us know in the comments below if you’ve experienced snowfall on your island yet, and what you’re most looking forward to during Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ first winter season in the Northern Hemisphere!
Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. In particular, don’t miss out on our popular Mushrooms, Acorns & Pine Cones, Thanksgiving Turkey Set, Christmas Toy Set, Redd Art, and Sea Creatures guides.