Syracuse Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

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

How Often it Snows in Syracuse

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 Syracuse
Days   Inches Centimetres
18.4 January   34.0   86.4
14.4 February   25.3   64.3
  9.9 March   18.0   45.7
  2.6 April     3.8     9.7
  0.1 May     0.1     0.3
  0.5 October     0.4     1.0
  5.8 November     9.5   24.1
14.7 December   32.7   83.1
66.4 Year 123.8 314.5

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over four feet of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 17.5 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 44.5 inches, while the lightest years get less than 21.3 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 32.7 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 15.9 inches in light years.

When Syracuse Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Syracuse's first snowfall of winter arrives by November. Although in many years October gets at least a dusting of snow.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April, yet snow in May does happen occasionally.

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

How Many Snowstorms Syracuse Gets

About half the days with snowfall in Syracuse result in just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch left on the ground. For 35 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur five or six times a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day happen on average just one day a year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Syracuse 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
  9.9   4.1 January 1.6 0.3
  7.4   2.9 February 1.1 0.2
  4.8   1.9 March 0.8 0.1
  1.5   0.3 April 0.1 0.0
  0.1   0.0 October 0.0 0.0
  2.7   0.9 November 0.4 0.1
  8.1   3.3 December 1.8 0.4
34.5 13.4 Year 5.8 1.1

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Syracuse

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

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

Average total days per month and year in Syracuse 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
23.2 17.9 January 12.8   5.7
20.8 15.3 February 11.5   4.8
12.5   8.1 March   5.9   2.6
  1.4   0.4 April   0.1   0.0
  4.0   1.9 November   0.8   0.0
16.3 10.5 December   7.1   2.3
78.2 54.1 Year 38.2 15.4
Reference

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

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