Telluride Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

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

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered at Telluride from 1981 to 2008.

How Often it Snows in Telluride

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 Telluride
Days   Inches Centimetres
  9.4 January   24.6   62.5
  9.5 February   26.9   68.3
10.4 March   34.7   88.1
  6.8 April   20.3   51.6
  2.3 May     8.3   21.1
  0.1 June     0.4     1.0
  0.4 September     1.0     2.5
  2.9 October     8.4   21.3
  7.3 November   24.7   62.7
  9.5 December   26.2   66.5
58.6 Year 175.5 445.8

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 30.2 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 13.7 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 32.4 inches, while the lightest years get under 12.6 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 33.3 inches in heavy snowfall years to 16 inches or less in light years.

When Telluride Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Telluride usually arrives in October, although every few years September also gets snow.

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

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

How Many Snowstorms Telluride Gets

Nearly every day that it snows in Telluride, at least an inch of fresh snow gets left on the ground. For 25 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three or more inches.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur a dozen times a year. A couple of these are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day. Storms that severe can move into Telluride anytime from November to May.

Number of days per month and year on average in Telluride 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
  8.3   3.9 January   2.0 0.2
  8.1   3.5 February   1.5 0.3
  9.2   4.7 March   2.4 0.4
  6.1   2.9 April   1.2 0.1
  2.2   1.1 May   0.7 0.1
  0.1   0.1 June   0.0 0.0
  0.3   0.2 September   0.0 0.0
  2.7   1.3 October   0.5 0.0
  6.4   3.6 November   1.8 0.4
  8.1   3.8 December   1.6 0.2
51.5 25.1 Year 11.7 1.7

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Telluride

For over 40 percent of the year, Telluride has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

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

Average total days per month and year in Telluride 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
  30.9   30.6 January   29.5 22.5
  28.2   28.0 February   27.1 24.2
  29.4   27.5 March   26.1 20.7
  12.4   10.2 April     8.7   6.0
    2.2     1.4 May     0.8   0.4
    0.2     0.1 September     0.1   0.0
    3.2     1.7 October     1.2   0.4
  15.9   12.3 November     8.5   4.1
  29.5   27.1 December   23.7 13.8
151.9 138.9 Year 125.7 92.1
Reference

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

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