Edmonton Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Edmonton, Alberta has snow.

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

How Often it Snows in Edmonton

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.2 centimetres (0.08 inches).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Edmonton
Days   Inches Centimetres
10.7 January   9.7   25
  7.7 February   5.3   13
  7.7 March   6.8   17
  4.2 April   6.0   15
  1.2 May   1.9     5
  0.5 September   0.4     1
  3.2 October   4.6   12
  7.9 November   7.5   19
  9.3 December   6.4   16
52.4 Year 48.6 124

When Edmonton Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Edmonton usually arrives in October, but can show up as early as September or even August.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April or May although in some years a late snow lands in June.

Only in July is Edmonton is normally free of snow every year.

How Many Snowstorms Edmonton Gets

Most days of snowfall in Edmonton leave less than five centimetres (2 inches) of fresh snow on the ground. For seven days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least five cm.

Big snowstorms of over ten cm a day normally occur once or twice a year. But major blizzards that dump 25 cm or more in one day are rare events that don't happen every year. Storms this severe are most likely to appear in April.

Number of days per month and year on average in Edmonton with a total snowfall of at least 5, 10 or 20 centimetres
  5 cm
2.0 inches
10 cm
3.9 inches
25 cm
9.8 inches
January 1.5 0.3 0.0
February 0.5 0.1 0.0
March 1.1 0.2 0.0
April 1.0 0.4 0.1
May 0.3 0.2 0.0
September 0.1 0.0 0.0
October 0.8 0.3 0.0
November 1.1 0.3 0.0
December 0.7 0.0 0.0
Year 7.0 1.7 0.2

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Edmonton

For about 133 days, or one-third of the year, Edmonton has at least a centimetre of snow on the ground. In mid-winter the snowpack averages 18 cm deep.

Average total days per month and year in Edmonton with snow depth of at least 1, 5, 10 or 20 cm on the ground
1 cm
0.4 inches
5 cm
2.0 inches
  10 cm
3.9 inches
20 cm
7.9 inches
  30.9   26.2 January 18.8   9.9
  27.9   24.3 February 16.8   9.7
  22.5   16.9 March 12.6   7.1
    4.1     2.1 April   1.0   0.5
    0.4     0.2 May   0.1   0.0
    0.1     0.0 September   0.0   0.0
    3.6     2.1 October   1.5   0.0
  18.0   11.3 November   5.7   1.5
  25.3   19.9 December 12.8   5.2
132.7 102.9 Year 69.2 33.9
Reference

Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.

Environment Canada. National Climate Data and Information Archive. Canadian Climate Normals or Averages 1971-2000.

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