Breckenridge Snowfall Totals & Snowstorm Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Breckenridge, Colorado has snow.

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

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

How Often it Snows in Breckenridge

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 Breckenridge
Days   Inches Centimetres
11.1 January   23.0   58.4
  9.8 February   23.4   59.4
11.7 March   26.0   66.0
10.6 April   27.2   69.1
  5.0 May   10.0   25.4
  0.8 June     1.5     3.8
  1.1 September     2.5     6.4
  5.2 October   12.5   31.8
  9.9 November   24.4   62.0
10.8 December   24.5   62.2
76.0 Year 175.0 444.5

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 32.3 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 12.9 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 29.3 inches, while the lightest years get under 13.4 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 30.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to 17 inches or less in light years.

When Breckenridge Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall in autumn usually arrives at Breckenridge in September. In about one out of four years, September stays free of snow, pushing the first snow into October.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in June, although at least 25 percent of years see no new snow in June.

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

How Many Snowstorms Breckenridge Gets

Most days of snowfall in Breckenridge result in at least an inch of fresh snow left on the ground. 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 eight or nine times annually. 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 Breckenridge 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
  8.5   2.7 January 0.8 0.0
  8.0   3.0 February 1.2 0.1
  9.3   3.1 March 1.4 0.0
  8.1   3.2 April 1.3 0.3
  3.6   1.3 May 0.5 0.0
  0.5   0.1 June 0.0 0.0
  0.7   0.4 September 0.2 0.0
  3.9   1.6 October 0.8 0.1
  8.5   3.2 November 1.3 0.0
  8.0   3.0 December 1.3 0.0
59.1 21.6 Year 8.8 0.5
Reference

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

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