Lansing Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Lansing, Michigan has snow.

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

All the numbers are averages, based on climate data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Capital Regional International Airport located a few miles northwest of downtown Lansing.

How Often it Snows in Lansing

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 Lansing
Days   Inches Centimetres
12.5 January 13.8   35.1
  9.8 February 11.6   29.5
  5.8 March   7.0   17.8
  1.8 April   1.9     4.8
  0.3 October   0.4     1.0
  3.7 November   3.4     8.6
10.8 December 13.0   33.0
44.7 Year 51.1 129.8

These averages don't show how much Lansing's snowfall varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 16.3 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 8.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 17.6 inches, while the lightest years get less than 8.1 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 18.7 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 4.4 inches in light years.

When Lansing Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Lansing's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in November, but in some years it starts snowing as early as October.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Lansing Gets

Most days of snowfall in Lansing result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. For 16 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur once a year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are not normal events here.

Number of days per month and year on average in Lansing 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
  4.5 1.0 January 0.3 0.0
  3.4 1.3 February 0.3 0.0
  2.3 0.6 March 0.2 0.0
  0.6 0.2 April 0.1 0.0
  0.2 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
  1.1 0.2 November 0.1 0.0
  4.2 1.0 December 0.3 0.0
16.3 4.3 Year 1.3 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Lansing

For about two-thirds of winter days, Lansing has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on nine days in January and another seven or eight in February, the snow covering Lansing gets to five or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Lansing 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
23.3 16.0 January   9.0 1.9
18.0 12.6 February   7.5 1.2
  8.4   5.2 March   2.7 0.3
  0.8   0.3 April   0.1 0.0
  2.3   0.4 November   0.3 0.0
15.8   7.3 December   3.9 0.8
68.6 41.8 Year 23.5 4.2
Reference

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

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