Buffalo Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Buffalo, New York has snow.

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

How Often it Snows in Buffalo

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 Buffalo
Days   Inches Centimetres
16.3 January 25.3   64.3
13.1 February 17.3   43.9
  9.2 March 12.9   32.8
  3.1 April   2.7     6.9
  0.0 May   0.3     0.8
  0.4 October   0.9     2.3
  4.9 November   7.9   20.1
14.0 December 27.4   69.6
61.0 Year 94.7 240.5

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 34.8 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 12.8 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 35.6 inches, while the lightest years get less than 13.8 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 22.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 9.4 inches in light years.

When Buffalo Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Buffalo's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in November. The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. Although exceptionally early snow has been known to appear in October and late snow in May.

Buffalo is normally free of snow every year from June to September.

How Many Snowstorms Buffalo Gets

Most days of snowfall in Buffalo result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. For 26 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur four times a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more only happen on average once a year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Buffalo 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
  7.3 2.5 January 1.0 0.3
  5.3 1.6 February 0.5 0.1
  3.4 1.2 March 0.5 0.1
  0.8 0.2 April 0.1 0.0
  0.1 0.1 October 0.1 0.0
  2.1 0.6 November 0.4 0.1
  6.5 2.6 December 1.4 0.3
25.5 8.8 Year 4.0 0.9

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Buffalo

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

Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on five or six days in January and another one or two days in each of December, February and March, the snow covering Buffalo gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Buffalo 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
21.6 16.3 January 12.3   5.5
19.4 12.8 February   7.9   1.4
10.6   6.1 March   3.3   1.0
  1.3   0.3 April   0.2   0.0
  0.1   0.0 October   0.0   0.0
  3.5   1.6 November   0.9   0.3
15.6   9.5 December   6.5   2.2
72.1 46.6 Year 31.1 10.4
Reference

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

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