South Bend Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often South Bend, Indiana has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that South Bend usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the city normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when South Bend 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 South Bend Regional Airport.

How Often it Snows in South Bend

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 South Bend
Days   Inches Centimetres
13.1 January 20.6   52.3
  9.2 February 15.0   38.1
  5.6 March   7.1   18.0
  1.8 April   1.4     3.6
  0.4 October   0.4     1.0
  3.7 November   4.8   12.2
11.0 December 17.3   43.9
44.9 Year 66.6 169.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 19.7 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 10.6 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 28.7 inches, while the lightest years get less than 10.6 inches.

New snow for February ranges from 20 inches or more in heavy snowfall years to under 9.7 inches in light years.

When South Bend Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for South Bend usually arrives in November. In exceptional years, October can also get some snow.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. In about one out of four years, April has no snow, so March brings the last of new snow.

South Bend is normally free of snow every year from May to September.

How Many Snowstorms South Bend Gets

Most days of snowfall in South Bend leave only a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 20 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur two or three times a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that happen about once a decade.

Number of days per month and year on average in South Bend 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
  6.2 2.1 January 0.9 0.0
  4.7 1.4 February 0.7 0.1
  2.2 0.7 March 0.2 0.0
  0.4 0.1 April 0.0 0.0
  0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
  1.7 0.4 November 0.2 0.0
  5.1 1.9 December 0.7 0.0
20.4 6.6 Year 2.7 0.1

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in South Bend

For just over half of winter days, South Bend has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on two or three days in January and another one in February and in December, the snow covering South Bend gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in South Bend 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
20.4 13.1 January   9.0 2.7
14.6   8.5 February   4.9 1.3
  5.0   2.2 March   0.9 0.0
  0.5   0.1 April   0.0 0.0
  0.1   0.0 October   0.0 0.0
  2.3   0.7 November   0.3 0.0
12.7   6.7 December   3.7 0.8
55.6 31.3 Year 18.8 4.8
Reference

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

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