Average Annual Snowfall in Montana

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The tables below give yearly averages for snowfall at cities, towns and parks in Montana. The numbers are for the total amount of snow and for how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

The snowfall totals are annual averages based on weather data collected from 1981 to 2010 for the NOAA National Climatic Data Center.

You can jump to a separate table for each region of the state: Northwestern, Southwestern, South - Central and Eastern Montana.

Place name links take you to more detailed information on snowfall, snowstorms and snow accumulation for that location.

Northwestern Montana

Average annual snowfall
Days Place Inches Centimetres
33.4 Cut Bank   33.0   83.8
20.9 Flathead Lake, Polson   31.8   80.8
24.3 Gibson Reservoir Dam   56.4 143.3
46.9 Kalispell   55.7 141.5
24.9 Libby   45.4 115.3
39.4 Missoula   37.9   96.3
21.0 Rogers Pass   85.0 215.9
51.6 Seeley Lake 112.7 286.3
49.9 West Glacier 117.0 297.2
34.7 Whitefish   65.0 165.1

Southwestern Montana

Yearly snow averages
Days Place Inches Centimetres
54.1 Bozeman   91.0 231.1
57.4 Butte   62.2 158.0
57.0 Hebgen Lake Dam 182.3 463.0
32.9 Helena   38.1   96.8
19.8 Sula   26.8   68.1
33.5 Virginia City   67.6 171.7

South - Central Montana

Average total snowfall for a year
Days Place Inches Centimetres
38.7 Billings   55.0 139.7
87.2 Cooke City 200.7 509.8
54.9 Mystic Lake 174.8 444.0
37.5 Red Lodge 145.2 368.8

Eastern Montana

Average annual snowfall
Days Place Inches Centimetres
35.4 Glasgow   34.8   88.4
15.8 Glendive   19.9   50.5
45.2 Great Falls   63.1 160.3
33.3 Havre City   38.5   97.8
48.9 Lewistown   62.8 159.5
25.1 Miles City   29.5   74.9
Reference

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

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