Fairbanks Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Fairbanks, Alaska has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Fairbanks usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Fairbanks normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Fairbanks can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Fairbanks International Airport.

How Often it Snows in Fairbanks

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Fairbanks
Days   Inches Centimetres
10.1 January 10.3   26.2
  7.9 February   8.1   20.6
  5.9 March   4.9   12.4
  2.8 April   2.9     7.4
  0.8 May   0.9     2.3
  1.4 September   1.8     4.6
10.2 October 10.8   27.4
11.9 November 13.2   33.5
10.8 December 12.1   30.7
61.8 Year 65.0 165.1

These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Fairbanks varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 12.6 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 5.5 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to a foot or more, while the lightest years get less than 5.5 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 11 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 3.2 inches in light years.

When Fairbanks Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

It usually starts snowing at Fairbanks in September. For one out of four years, on average, September has no snow.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April, although every few years, more snow lands in May.

Fairbanks is normally free of snow every year from June to August.

How Many Snowstorms Fairbanks Gets

Most days of snowfall in Fairbanks leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 21 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur once or twice a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that arrive just once a decade.

Number of days per month and year on average in Fairbanks with a total snowfall of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
  3.2 0.8 January 0.2 0.0
  2.4 0.6 February 0.2 0.0
  1.3 0.2 March 0.1 0.0
  0.9 0.3 April 0.0 0.0
  0.2 0.1 May 0.0 0.0
  0.5 0.2 September 0.1 0.0
  4.2 0.7 October 0.1 0.0
  4.6 0.9 November 0.3 0.0
  4.0 0.8 December 0.3 0.1
21.3 4.6 Year 1.3 0.1

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Fairbanks

Throughout the winter months, Fairbanks has more than five inches of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January to March. Typically, nearly every days in those months, plus much of December and April, the snow covering Fairbanks amounts to at least ten inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Fairbanks with snow depth of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches on the ground
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
  31.0   31.0 January   31.0   26.7
  28.2   28.2 February   28.2   27.7
  31.0   31.0 March   31.0   30.9
  22.0   20.7 April   19.4   13.7
    0.8     0.6 May     0.6     0.2
    0.9     0.6 September     0.6     0.2
  16.9   11.1 October     6.4     1.2
  30.0   27.9 November   21.6     9.6
  31.0   31.0 December   30.0   21.3
191.8 182.1 Year 168.8 131.5
Reference

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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