Stamford Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Stamford, Connecticut has snow.

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

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

How Often it Snows in Stamford

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 Stamford
Days   Inches Centimetres
  5.4 January   9.8 24.9
  3.9 February   9.1 23.1
  2.6 March   5.1 13.0
  0.4 April   0.9   2.3
  0.5 November   0.8   2.0
  2.9 December   5.5 14.0
15.7 Year 31.2 79.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 6.1 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 2.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 15.1 inches, while the lightest years get under 4.6 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 14.1 inches in heavy snowfall years to less than an inch in light years.

When Stamford Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Stamford usually arrives in December. About once every four years, an inch or more of snow also lands in November.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in March, but one in four Aprils also get at least an inch of snow.

Stamford is normally free of snow every year from May to October.

How Many Snowstorms Stamford Gets

Less than half the days of snowfall in Stamford leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For ten days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur a couple 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 Stamford 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
3.2 1.3 January 0.5 0.1
2.2 1.3 February 0.7 0.2
1.7 0.6 March 0.4 0.0
0.3 0.1 April 0.0 0.0
0.3 0.1 November 0.0 0.0
1.8 0.6 December 0.3 0.0
9.5 4.0 Year 1.9 0.3
Reference

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

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