Flagstaff Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Flagstaff, Arizona has snow.

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

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.

How Often it Snows in Flagstaff

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 Flagstaff
Days   Inches Centimetres
  7.2 January   22.5   57.2
  6.9 February   22.2   56.4
  6.5 March   21.9   55.6
  2.8 April     6.7   17.0
  0.7 May     0.6     1.5
  0.5 October     1.2     3.0
  2.9 November   10.6   26.9
  6.2 December   17.9   45.5
33.7 Year 103.6 263.1

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 27 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 9.6 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 28.8 inches, while the lightest years get less than seven inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 31.2 inches in heavy snowfall years to just a foot at most in light years.

When Flagstaff Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Flagstaff can arrive as early as October or as late as December. About one in four Octobers get snow. But one in four Novembers don't see any fresh snow.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. Less than half of years also get a little snow in May.

Flagstaff is normally free of snow every year from June to September.

How Many Snowstorms Flagstaff Gets

Most days of snowfall in Flagstaff leave at least an inch of fresh snow on the ground. For 12 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur seven times a year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day typically show up once or twice a year. Storms this severe can descend on Flagstaff anytime from November to April.

Number of days per month and year on average in Flagstaff 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
  4.9   2.8 January 1.7 0.5
  4.4   2.4 February 1.5 0.4
  4.3   2.5 March 1.4 0.4
  1.5   0.7 April 0.4 0.1
  0.1   0.1 May 0.0 0.0
  0.2   0.1 October 0.1 0.0
  2.1   1.1 November 0.7 0.3
  4.0   2.0 December 1.2 0.2
21.5 11.7 Year 7.0 1.9

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Flagstaff

For well over half of winter, Flagstaff has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on seven days in January and another six in February, the snow covering Flagstaff gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Flagstaff 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
19.9 16.5 January 13.2   7.0
16.5 13.5 February 11.1   5.7
  9.5   7.0 March   5.0   2.1
  1.6   0.6 April   0.3   0.0
  0.1   0.1 May   0.0   0.0
  0.4   0.2 October   0.1   0.0
  4.3   2.6 November   1.7   0.4
16.2 13.3 December   9.4   4.0
68.5 53.8 Year 40.8 19.2
Reference

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

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