Topeka Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Topeka, Kansas has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Topeka 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 Topeka can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at Topeka's Philip Billard Municipal Airport.

How Often it Snows in Topeka

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 Topeka
Days   Inches Centimetres
  3.6 January   4.9 12.4
  2.9 February   4.5 11.4
  1.3 March   1.6   4.1
  0.3 April   0.3   0.8
  1.2 November   1.0   2.5
  3.4 December   5.2 13.2
12.7 Year 17.8 45.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 8.2 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 0.9 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over six inches, while the lightest years get less than 1.7 inches.

New snow for February ranges from eight inches or more in heavy snowfall years to under 0.2 inches in light years.

When Topeka Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Topeka usually arrives in November. Every three or four years, it doesn't start snowing until December.

The season's last snowfall most often happens in March. In some years it stops snowing in February, while in others April gets a light dusting of snow.

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

How Many Snowstorms Topeka Gets

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

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally don't occur every year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that show up about once a decade.

Number of days per month and year on average in Topeka 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
1.5 0.4 January 0.1 0.1
1.2 0.5 February 0.2 0.0
0.5 0.2 March 0.1 0.0
0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.3 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
1.6 0.5 December 0.2 0.0
5.2 1.6 Year 0.6 0.1

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Topeka

For about one-fifth of winter days, Topeka has at least an inch of snow accumulated on the ground.

The snowpack typically builds to over five inches on only four days a year. Most years, snow covering the city never gets over ten inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Topeka 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
  7.2 3.0 January 1.4 0.2
  5.1 2.7 February 1.6 0.0
  1.0 0.4 March 0.0 0.0
  0.4 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
  5.9 2.8 December 0.9 0.0
19.7 8.9 Year 3.9 0.2
Reference

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

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