Lincoln Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Lincoln, Nebraska has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 the Lincoln Airport.

How Often it Snows in Lincoln

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 Lincoln
Days   Inches Centimetres
  4.7 January   5.4 13.7
  4.0 February   5.6 14.2
  2.5 March   4.8 12.2
  0.8 April   1.4   3.6
  0.2 October   0.7   1.8
  1.9 November   2.1   5.3
  4.2 December   5.9 15.0
18.3 Year 25.9 65.8

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 6.8 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 3.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 7.4 inches, while the lightest years get less than 2.3 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over eight inches in heavy snowfall years to under 2.2 inches in light years.

When Lincoln Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Lincoln usually arrives in November. But the snow season can start as early as October or as late as December.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in March. About once every three or four years, it also snows in April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Lincoln Gets

Most days of snowfall in Lincoln leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For eight 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. But 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 Lincoln 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
2.0 0.6 January 0.2 0.0
1.9 0.6 February 0.2 0.0
1.3 0.5 March 0.4 0.0
0.4 0.2 April 0.1 0.0
0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
0.7 0.2 November 0.0 0.0
1.8 0.6 December 0.3 0.0
8.2 2.7 Year 1.2 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Lincoln

For about one-third of winter days, Lincoln has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on four or five days in January and another three in December and in February, the snow covering Lincoln gets to five or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Lincoln 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
12.7   7.8 January   4.3 1.1
10.9   5.6 February   2.6 0.4
  3.5   2.1 March   1.3 0.1
  0.6   0.3 April   0.1 0.0
  0.3   0.1 October   0.1 0.0
  2.0   0.8 November   0.4 0.0
  9.3   5.1 December   3.3 1.2
39.3 21.8 Year 12.1 2.8
Reference

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

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