Your Cities: Skylines weather report calls for snow

Published On January 19, 2016 | By Kirk Hiner | Macintosh

Running a fake city is fun when it’s always sunny and cars tend to travel in the direction their wheels are pointing. But talk to the mayors or Phoenix and Buffalo in mid-January and they may have different stories to tell. That difference will be featured in the second expansion to Cities: Skylines, titled Snowfall.

Cities: Skylines Snowfall

The update is now due out until later this year, and additional features will be announced a later today. For now, though, we know the expansion will introduce an in-game weather system that will challenge virtual mayors with a wide array of climate changes.

The free update will challenge your city’s ability to keep roads clear through rain, fog and the titular snowfall. Snowplow services will be available to prevent traffic from freezing in place, and new all-weather trams and expanded public transit options will help your citizens get around. After all, they’ll want to visit the new winter parks and landmarks that will be part of the expansion.

Doesn’t that look pretty? It always is until the following morning’s commute.

Specifically, the update so far includes:

  • Rain and fog for existing maps, plus a new “Winter” map theme with snow and all of its challenges
  • Expanded public transportation options (including easier management of existing lines) and Trams, a new system demanded by fans
  • Cold weather that increases demands for electricity, unless new water-based heat systems are in place
  • A snowplow depot to keep traffic flowing during winter weather, and new road maintenance systems to keep your streets in shape
  • New Chirps: #yeahthereare

Cities: Skylines sans snowfall is available now for $29.99. For more information, visit

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