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I know Skyrim features weather like snow / hail / rain. What effects (if any) do the different weather types have on your character (especially combat)?

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Some of the dragon shouts even change the weather!~ – Raven Dreamer Nov 11 '11 at 0:13
I've read in a few places that it can decrease your visibility, decrease your move speed and even flood lower altitude places, but I haven't seen any of this yet so I can't prove it. – Mr Smooth Nov 12 '11 at 1:07
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Walking around Winterhold, snow and windstorms do decrease the distance in which you can see.

I haven't noticed any heavy impact on move speed, it did feel a bit slower but that might also have been the effect of the current fatigue state and weight of the character and its items.

I haven't seen lower places flooded by rain, but that doesn't impose effects on the character anyway.

None of these effects have an effect on battle, expect for accidentally running into opponents when traveling with a faster horse and not paying attention to your surroundings. Some of the wild monsters I saw around Winterhold were made stronger themselves; so they didn't add weather effects to your character to make it even harder to fight these monsters, I think they only added it to the area to make it more creepy and to denote that you could encounter stronger monsters...

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Sadly, this seems to be true. I was hoping for random snowstorms that made e.g. monsters or ice spells more powerful, but the weather system seems to be localized and largely cosmetic :( – David Fullerton Nov 17 '11 at 15:24

Playing a Khajiit character, I've noticed that I would get a layer of snow on top of my tail when it was snowing. That's the only effect of weather on my character that I've seen so far.

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