Wichita Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Wichita 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 Wichita 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 Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.

How Often it Snows in Wichita

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 Wichita
Days   Inches Centimetres
  3.0 January   3.6   9.1
  2.1 February   3.2   8.1
  1.2 March   2.1   5.3
  0.2 April   0.2   0.5
  0.1 October   0.1   0.3
  0.6 November   1.3   3.3
  2.8 December   4.2 10.7
10.0 Year 14.7 37.3

These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Wichita differs from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 7.3 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than half in inch for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 4.7 inches, while the lightest years get less than 0.3 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 5.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to no snow in light years.

When Wichita Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Wichita usually arrives in December. Every three or four years it also snows in November. Although uncommon, a dusting of snow can land here in October.

Timing of the season's last snowfall varies a lot from year to year in Wichita. It can stop snowing as early as January or as late as April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Wichita Gets

About half the days of snowfall in Wichita amount to just a skiff, leaving less than an inch of fresh snow. For four or five days a year on average, new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day don't occur every year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are not normal here.

Number of days per month and year on average in Wichita 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
1.2 0.4 January 0.2 0.0
1.0 0.3 February 0.1 0.0
0.6 0.2 March 0.1 0.0
0.3 0.2 November 0.1 0.0
1.3 0.4 December 0.2 0.0
4.4 1.5 Year 0.7 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Wichita

For about 15 days a year, Wichita has at least an inch of snow accumulated on the ground.

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

Average total days per month and year in Wichita 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
  4.6 1.9 January 0.7 0.0
  3.5 1.8 February 1.0 0.1
  1.1 0.5 March 0.1 0.0
  0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
  0.7 0.3 November 0.1 0.0
  4.6 1.8 December 0.6 0.0
14.6 6.3 Year 2.5 0.1
Reference

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

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