Steamboat Springs Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

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

All the numbers are averages, based on climate data gathered in Steamboat Springs from 1981 to 2010.

How Often it Snows in Steamboat 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 Steamboat Springs
Days   Inches Centimetres
13.2 January   41.7 105.9
11.6 February   30.8   78.2
  8.9 March   20.7   52.6
  5.8 April   13.1   33.3
  1.4 May     2.5     6.4
  0.1 June     0.1     0.3
  0.4 September     0.4     1.0
  3.0 October     6.4   16.3
  9.6 November   25.4   64.5
13.4 December   38.5   97.8
67.4 Year 179.6 456.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 52 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 26.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 60.3 inches, while the lightest years get less than 22.3 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 34.6 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 20.3 inches in light years.

When Steamboat Springs Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Steamboat Springs usually arrives in October. At least one in four years also see fresh snow as early as September.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in May. About once every four years May has no fresh snow, which moves the last snowfall to April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Steamboat Springs Gets

Most days of snowfall in Steamboat Springs result in at least an inch of fresh snow left on the ground. For 23 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three or more inches.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur nine times a year. 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 Steamboat 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
10.9   5.2 January 2.1 0.3
  9.4   3.7 February 1.5 0.1
  6.7   2.3 March 0.9 0.0
  4.4   1.7 April 0.5 0.0
  0.8   0.4 May 0.1 0.0
  0.2   0.0 September 0.0 0.0
  2.4   0.9 October 0.4 0.0
  7.5   3.3 November 1.5 0.0
10.8   5.1 December 2.3 0.2
53.1 22.6 Year 9.3 0.6

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Steamboat Springs

For nearly 40 percent of the year, Steamboat Springs has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Throughout most of winter, the snow accumulates to over ten inches deep. Although each fall and spring are different, the snowpack at Steamboat Springs can top ten inches as early as October and as late as April.

Average total days per month and year in Steamboat 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
  30.2   30.1 January   30.1   29.9
  28.0   27.9 February   27.4   27.2
  24.0   22.2 March   21.1   18.5
    6.6     3.8 April     2.4     1.3
    0.6     0.2 May     0.0     0.0
    0.2     0.0 September     0.0     0.0
    3.0     2.0 October     0.9     0.2
  18.1   14.9 November   11.3     3.6
  30.5   29.8 December   28.5   22.2
141.2 130.9 Year 121.7 102.9
Reference

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

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