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When is Snow Coming to GTA 5 Online? Answered

When can we expect snow to arrive in GTA 5 Online? Here's what we know.

With the holiday season now in full swing, many GTA 5 Online players are surely looking forward to snow being implemented into the game’s weather system. But when can we expect to see it? Here’s when snow is coming to GTA 5 Online.

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When Will Holiday Snow Arrive in GTA 5 Online?

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Despite GTA 5 Online taking place in Los Santos — a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, California — developer Rockstar Games usually addss snow into the game to celebrate the Holiday season. Thus far, the game has yet to receive a winter update in 2023 that implements snow, and nothing has been announced regarding when it can arrive.

However, judging by past trends, we can predict when snow will finally arrive to the game. Rockstar tends to begin implementing snow in GTA 5 Online right before Christmas, usually between the dates of December 20 and December 24. This means that snow should appear in-game at any point between Winter Solstice and Christmas Eve.

Last year, snow came to GTA 5 Online during the Festive Surprise event, which began on December 22, 2022.

Snow in GTA 5 Online and the Challenges It Brings

In theory, having snow in GTA 5 Online is a very novel feature and might help with helping people get into that festive holiday mood. During the 2022 Festive Surprise, challenges such as races and shootouts were part of the festivities, bringing rewards like the Gooch Mask and increased RP.

However, in-game snow does have its drawbacks, posing some perhaps unintended challenges. The most common of the issues created by snow is that it makes driving conditions quite difficult due to a lack of traction.

If you’re playing GTA 5 Online casually, this might not seem like a big issue. However, if you’re doing any kind of mission that involves an excessive amount of driving, this could make things much more tedious. It also helps make you a target of griefers who are looking to make your day even worse. So be vigilant once snow does arrive in the game.

This is when you can expect to see snow in GTA 5 Online. If you’re looking to take full advantage of the adverse conditions, be sure to check out our guide on the 10 best cars to drift with, as well as other helpful GTA 5 Online guides in its dedicated hub.

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