Cleveland Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Cleveland, Ohio has snow.

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

How Often it Snows in Cleveland

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 Cleveland
Days   Inches Centimetres
13.5 January 18.7   47.5
10.1 February 14.9   37.8
  7.5 March 12.6   32.0
  2.3 April   3.3     8.4
  0.2 October   0.2     0.5
  3.3 November   4.3   10.9
10.0 December 14.1   35.8
46.9 Year 68.1 173.0

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals 22 inches or more of new snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 7.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 25.4 inches, while the lightest years get less than 10.7 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 18.8 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 8.5 inches in light years.

When Cleveland Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Cleveland's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in November, although sometimes a light dusting of snow shows up as early as October. The season's last snowfall typically happens in April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Cleveland Gets

Just over half the days with snowfall in Cleveland result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. For 21 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.

Number of days per month and year on average in Cleveland 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
  5.8 1.8 January 0.8 0.0
  4.4 1.4 February 0.6 0.1
  3.6 1.5 March 0.6 0.0
  1.0 0.3 April 0.1 0.0
  0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
  1.5 0.3 November 0.1 0.0
  4.2 1.4 December 0.4 0.1
20.6 6.7 Year 2.6 0.2

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Cleveland

For about half of winter days, Cleveland has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on seven days in January and another five in February, the snow covering Cleveland amounts to five or more inches deep. The city averages four days a year when the snowpack tops ten inches.

Average total days per month and year in Cleveland 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
17.4 10.7 January   7.2 1.6
13.3   7.3 February   4.6 1.2
  7.4   4.0 March   2.3 0.7
  1.3   0.6 April   0.3 0.0
  2.4   0.5 November   0.2 0.0
11.7   5.3 December   2.6 0.5
53.5 28.4 Year 17.2 4.0
Reference

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

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