Tahoe City Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages





This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Tahoe City, California has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Tahoe City usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the vacation town normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Tahoe City 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 Sunnyside–Tahoe City on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.

How Often it Snows in Tahoe City

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 Tahoe City
Days   Inches Centi­metres
7.7 January 40.4 102.6
7.5 February 40.7 103.4
6.8 March 32.0 81.3
4.0 April 13.9 35.3
1.0 May 2.2 5.6
0.2 June 0.4 1.0
0.2 September 0.3 0.8
0.7 October 2.5 6.4
4.1 November 14.3 36.3
7.0 December 38.2 97.0
39.2 Year 184.9 469.6

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 64.4 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive 14 inches or less for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 59.5 inches, while the lightest years get six inches at most.

New snow for February ranges from over 60.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 14.3 inches in light years.

When Tahoe City Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of autumn for Tahoe City usually arrives in November. Every three or four years October also gets snow. Less commonly, it starts snowing in September.

The season's last snowfall at the resort town can happen as early as April. In some years though, it keeps on snowing until June.

Tahoe City is normally free of snow every year during July and August.

How Many Snowstorms Tahoe City Gets

Most days of snowfall in Tahoe City leave at least an inch of fresh snow. For 21 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur 13 times a year. Typically five or six of these storms are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more. Snow events this severe can descend on Tahoe anytime from November to April.

Number of days per month and year on average in Tahoe City 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
6.9 4.2 January 2.9 1.5
7.0 4.4 February 2.8 1.3
6.4 3.9 March 2.3 0.9
3.5 1.7 April 0.9 0.3
0.9 0.3 May 0.2 0.0
0.2 0.1 June 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 September 0.0 0.0
0.6 0.3 October 0.2 0.0
3.7 1.8 November 1.2 0.4
6.6 4.1 December 2.7 1.2
35.9 20.8 Year 13.2 5.6

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Tahoe City

On most winter days, Tahoe City has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow usually accumulates to ten or more inches deep from December to April.

Average total days per month and year in Tahoe City 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
29.0 27.1 January 25.0 21.6
26.7 26.2 February 26.0 24.0
27.0 25.8 March 24.9 22.1
12.0 10.3 April 9.3 7.8
1.8 1.1 May 0.9 0.6
0.1 0.1 June 0.0 0.0
0.2 0.0 September 0.0 0.0
1.4 0.7 October 0.5 0.1
9.5 6.9 November 5.5 3.5
24.8 22.2 December 19.4 14.9
132.5 120.4 Year 111.5 94.6
Reference

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

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