Colorado Springs Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

Share |

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

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

All the numbers are averages, based on climate data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.

How Often it Snows in Colorado Springs

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 Colorado Springs
Days   Inches Centimetres
  4.1 January   5.6 14.2
  4.4 February   4.9 12.4
  5.9 March   8.1 20.6
  3.6 April   4.9 12.4
  0.8 May   0.7   1.8
  0.3 September   0.2   0.5
  1.8 October   2.9   7.4
  3.8 November   4.7 11.9
  4.5 December   5.7 14.5
29.2 Year 37.7 95.8

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 7.8 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 2.6 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to 8 inches or more, while the lightest years get less than 2.3 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 6.1 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 1.2 inches in light years.

When Colorado Springs Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Colorado Springs usually arrives in October, although about one in four years don't get snow until November. Occasionally September gets a light dusting of snow.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April, yet every few years May also gets a little snow.

Colorado Springs is normally free of snow every year during June, July and August.

How Many Snowstorms Colorado Springs Gets

Most days of snowfall in Colorado Springs leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 12 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur once or twice times annually. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events, that don't happen every year. Snowstorms this severe have appeared in the months of February and March.

Number of days per month and year on average in Colorado Springs 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
  1.9 0.4 January 0.1 0.0
  1.4 0.2 February 0.1 0.1
  2.4 0.7 March 0.3 0.1
  1.4 0.6 April 0.2 0.0
  0.2 0.1 May 0.0 0.0
  0.1 0.0 September 0.0 0.0
  0.8 0.4 October 0.2 0.0
  1.4 0.4 November 0.2 0.0
  2.0 0.6 December 0.1 0.0
11.6 3.4 Year 1.2 0.2

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Colorado Springs

For just one-sixth of winter days, does the snow cover in Colorado Springs reach an inch or more.

Colorado Springs doesn't often have deep snow. But the snow can accumulate to over five inches anytime from October to May. A snowpack that's over ten inches deep is uncommon here.

Average total days per month and year in Colorado Springs 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
  5.6 1.7 January 0.6 0.1
  4.3 1.3 February 0.5 0.1
  4.0 1.4 March 0.6 0.1
  1.6 0.7 April 0.2 0.0
  0.2 0.1 May 0.1 0.0
  0.1 0.0 September 0.0 0.0
  1.1 0.4 October 0.2 0.1
  3.0 1.0 November 0.3 0.0
  6.4 2.2 December 0.3 0.0
26.3 8.8 Year 2.8 0.4
Reference

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

Share |

Average Weather

Colorado Snowfall

AMERICAN WEATHER

Major USA Cities

States

Extreme USA Weather