Grand Canyon Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Grand Canyon Village usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the Village normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Grand Canyon Village 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 Grand Canyon Village, located in Grand Canyon National Park on the Canyon's south rim.

How Often it Snows in Grand Canyon Village

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 Grand Canyon Village
Days   Inches Centimetres
  4.4 January 12.7   32.3
  3.6 February   9.9   25.1
  3.4 March   8.5   21.6
  1.6 April   4.2   10.7
  0.1 May   0.3     0.8
  0.5 October   0.7     1.8
  1.9 November   4.7   11.9
  3.8 December   8.6   21.8
19.3 Year 49.6 126.0

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 13.5 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive two inches or less for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 19.8 inches, while the lightest years get less than 3.6 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 15.6 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 4.6 inches in light years.

When Grand Canyon Village Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Grand Canyon Village usually arrives in November, but can land as early as October. Once every three or four years, the Village has no snow for November.

The season's last snowfall typically happens anytime from March to May. About one in four Aprils get no snow. On rare occasions, some new snow does show up in May.

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

How Many Snowstorms Grand Canyon Village Gets

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

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur two or three times a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that don't happen every year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Grand Canyon Village 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
  3.4 1.5 January 0.7 0.1
  2.7 1.2 February 0.5 0.1
  2.8 1.3 March 0.5 0.1
  1.2 0.6 April 0.2 0.0
  0.1 0.0 May 0.0 0.0
  0.3 0.2 October 0.1 0.0
  1.5 0.6 November 0.2 0.0
  2.6 1.0 December 0.4 0.0
14.6 6.4 Year 2.6 0.3

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Grand Canyon Village

For about one-third of winter days, the Village has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on one or two days in January and in February, the snow covering Grand Canyon Village gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Grand Canyon Village 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
14.7   9.6 January   5.1 1.1
10.8   6.4 February   3.7 1.4
  5.3   2.8 March   1.4 0.1
  1.1   0.5 April   0.0 0.0
  0.1   0.0 May   0.0 0.0
  0.5   0.2 October   0.1 0.0
  3.0   1.3 November   0.4 0.2
  8.1   4.3 December   1.8 0.1
43.6 25.1 Year 12.5 2.9
Reference

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

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