Omaha Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Omaha 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 Omaha 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 Omaha's Eppley Airfield.

How Often it Snows in Omaha

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 Omaha
Days   Inches Centimetres
  4.6 January   6.1 15.5
  4.9 February   6.1 15.5
  2.5 March   4.2 10.7
  0.8 April   1.0   2.5
  0.2 October   0.3   0.8
  2.2 November   2.5   6.4
  4.7 December   6.2 15.7
19.9 Year 26.4 67.1

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals seven inches or more of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 2.9 inches for the month.

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

New snow for February ranges from at least nine inches in heavy snowfall years to no more than three inches in light years.

When Omaha Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Omaha usually arrives in November. Occasionally the snow starts landing as early as October.

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

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

How Many Snowstorms Omaha Gets

Most days of snowfall in Omaha leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For nine 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 Omaha 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
1.8 0.7 January 0.2 0.0
2.2 0.5 February 0.3 0.0
1.2 0.6 March 0.2 0.0
0.4 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
1.0 0.2 November 0.0 0.0
2.1 0.6 December 0.2 0.0
8.8 2.6 Year 0.9 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Omaha

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

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

Average total days per month and year in Omaha 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
13.3   8.4 January   5.5 1.2
11.3   6.6 February   3.0 0.7
  3.7   2.0 March   1.1 0.2
  0.5   0.2 April   0.1 0.0
  0.3   0.1 October   0.0 0.0
  2.4   0.7 November   0.3 0.0
10.1   5.9 December   2.8 1.1
41.6 23.9 Year 12.8 3.2
Reference

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

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