Fargo Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Fargo, North Dakota has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo's Hector International Airport.

How Often it Snows in Fargo

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 Fargo
Days   Inches Centimetres
  8.9 January 11.2   28.4
  6.7 February   7.0   17.8
  5.3 March   9.1   23.1
  1.8 April   3.0     7.6
  0.8 October   0.7     1.8
  5.4 November   7.9   20.1
  9.5 December 11.2   28.4
38.4 Year 50.1 127.3

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 13.8 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 5.5 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 16.8 inches, while the lightest years get less than 3.9 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 10.2 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 3.2 inches in light years.

When Fargo Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Fargo usually arrives in November. For one in four years, the first snowfall lands in October.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. About once every three or four years April has no new snow, which moves the last snowfall to March.

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

How Many Snowstorms Fargo Gets

Most days of snowfall in Fargo leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch of fresh snow on the ground. For 14 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur a couple times a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that don't happen every year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Fargo 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
  2.7 0.9 January 0.4 0.2
  2.4 0.5 February 0.2 0.0
  2.4 1.1 March 0.5 0.1
  0.9 0.5 April 0.1 0.0
  0.3 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
  2.2 0.9 November 0.4 0.0
  3.3 1.0 December 0.4 0.0
14.2 4.9 Year 2.0 0.3

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Fargo

For about three-quarters of winter days, Fargo has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on eight days in January and another ten in February, the snow covering Fargo gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Fargo 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
25.6 19.6 January 17.1   8.0
21.8 18.9 February 16.7   9.6
16.8 13.8 March 11.0   4.8
  1.4   0.6 April   0.4   0.0
  0.2   0.0 October   0.0   0.0
10.9   6.1 November   3.3   1.7
22.7 15.1 December 10.5   5.1
99.4 74.1 Year 59.0 29.2
Reference

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

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