Government Camp Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Government Camp, Oregon has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Government Camp usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the ski resort normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Government Camp 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 Government Camp near the ski resorts of Mount Hood Skibowl and Summit Ski Area.

How Often it Snows in Government Camp

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 Government Camp
Days   Inches Centimetres
  9.9 January   49.6 126.0
  8.8 February   37.3   94.7
  8.9 March   32.7   83.1
  6.4 April   22.1   56.1
  2.3 May     5.5   14.0
  0.3 June     0.5     1.3
  0.1 September     0.1     0.3
  1.6 October     5.3   13.5
  8.0 November   38.8   98.6
11.5 December   54.4 138.2
57.8 Year 246.3 625.6

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 75 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 33.6 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 93.4 inches, while the lightest years get less than 14.6 inches.

New snow for February ranges from 51 inches or more in heavy snowfall years to 19 inches or less in light years.

When Government Camp Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of autumn for Government Camp usually arrives in October. Yet in some years it can start snowing as early as September, while in other years snow doesn't appear until November.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in May, but snow can stop falling anytime from April to June.

The mountain village is normally free of snow every year during July and August.

How Many Snowstorms Government Camp Gets

Most days of snowfall in Government Camp leave at least an inch of fresh snow on the ground. For 32 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals over three inches.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur 18 times annually. Of these, 6 are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more. Storms this severe can descend on the ski resort anytime from October to April.

Number of days per month and year on average in Government Camp 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   5.7 January   3.9 1.6
  8.8   4.7 February   2.8 0.8
  8.7   4.4 March   2.4 0.7
  6.3   3.3 April   1.3 0.5
  2.1   0.7 May   0.2 0.0
  0.2   0.1 June   0.1 0.0
  1.5   0.8 October   0.2 0.1
  7.9   5.0 November   3.2 0.9
11.4   7.2 December   4.2 1.2
56.8 31.9 Year 18.3 5.8

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Government Camp

For most of winter, Government Camp has at least ten inches of snow accumulated on the ground. The snowpack tops ten inches during much of November through to April.

Average total days per month and year in Government Camp 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
  29.7   29.4 January   28.6   25.9
  26.7   25.9 February   25.1   23.2
  27.5   25.6 March   24.9   23.2
  21.3   19.8 April   17.6   14.5
    6.0     4.3 May     3.6     2.8
    0.2     0.1 June     0.1     0.0
    2.7     1.7 October     1.0     0.5
  17.3   15.2 November   13.6   10.1
  29.6   28.5 December   27.3   23.1
161.0 150.5 Year 141.8 123.3
Reference

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

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