Truckee Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Truckee usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the mountain town normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Truckee 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 2009 in Truckee.

How Often it Snows in Truckee

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 Truckee
Days   Inches Centimetres
  8.0 January   41.4 105.2
  7.5 February   44.3 112.5
  7.0 March   34.2   86.9
  4.7 April   16.4   41.7
  1.5 May     3.7     9.4
  0.4 June     0.8     2.0
  0.3 September     0.8     2.0
  1.1 October     3.6     9.1
  4.7 November   19.2   48.8
  7.3 December   38.2   97.0
42.5 Year 202.6 514.6

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 58 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 16 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 58 inches, while the lightest years get less than eight inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 65 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 13 inches in light years.

When Truckee Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of autumn for Truckee 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 can happen as early as April. In some years, though it keeps on snowing until June.

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

How Many Snowstorms Truckee Gets

Most days of snowfall in Truckee leave at least an inch of fresh snow. For 23 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur 16 times a year. Typically six of these storms are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more. Snow events this severe can descend on the town anytime from October to April.

Number of days per month and year on average in Truckee 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
  7.9   4.7 January   3.4 1.4
  7.3   4.5 February   3.4 1.6
  6.9   4.2 March   2.7 0.9
  4.2   2.0 April   1.1 0.3
  1.5   0.5 May   0.2 0.0
  0.4   0.1 June   0.1 0.0
  0.3   0.2 September   0.0 0.0
  1.0   0.5 October   0.3 0.1
  4.6   2.4 November   1.2 0.4
  7.1   4.1 December   3.1 1.1
41.2 23.2 Year 15.5 5.8

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Truckee

On most winter days, Truckee has at least three inches 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 Truckee 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
  30.0   29.0 January   28.0 23.5
  27.2   26.7 February   26.0 23.9
  28.3   27.0 March   26.0 22.6
  13.2   11.0 April   10.0   8.2
    2.7     1.5 May     1.2   0.8
    0.4     0.1 June     0.1   0.0
    0.4     0.2 September     0.0   0.0
    2.0     0.9 October     0.6   0.1
  11.6     8.0 November     6.0   2.9
  26.9   23.6 December   21.2 14.9
142.7 128.0 Year 119.1 96.9
Reference

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

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