Sioux Falls Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Sioux Falls, South Dakota has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Sioux Falls 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 Sioux Falls 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 the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

How Often it Snows in Sioux Falls

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 Sioux Falls
Days   Inches Centimetres
  6.9 January   7.7   19.6
  6.2 February   6.9   17.5
  5.0 March   8.4   21.3
  2.4 April   4.6   11.7
  0.8 October   1.3     3.3
  4.1 November   7.4   18.8
  7.0 December   8.2   20.8
32.4 Year 44.5 113.0

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 12.4 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive 3 inches or less for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 10.8 inches, while the lightest years get less than 3.6 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 11.1 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 2.5 inches in light years.

The greatest range occurs in March when years with high amounts of fresh snow get over 14.3 inches, while years with relatively little new snow receive no more than 2.5 inches

When Sioux Falls Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Sioux Falls usually arrives in November. Less commonly, snow starts falling in October.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Sioux Falls Gets

Most days of snowfall in Sioux Falls leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 12 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. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that arrive about once a decade.

Number of days per month and year on average in Sioux Falls 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
  2.1 0.8 January 0.3 0.0
  1.8 0.7 February 0.2 0.0
  2.2 0.8 March 0.4 0.0
  1.3 0.6 April 0.3 0.0
  0.5 0.1 October 0.0 0.0
  2.0 0.9 November 0.3 0.1
  2.4 0.6 December 0.3 0.0
12.3 4.5 Year 1.8 0.1

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Sioux Falls

For over half of winter days, Sioux Falls has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on 11 days in January the snow covering Sioux Falls gets to five or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Sioux Falls 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
21.0 14.8 January 10.5   3.2
16.2 11.5 February   8.5   3.6
10.4   6.8 March   4.3   1.3
  1.8   0.9 April   0.4   0.0
  0.4   0.0 October   0.0   0.0
  6.5   3.5 November   2.6   0.4
16.9 11.7 December   7.4   2.8
73.2 49.2 Year 33.7 11.3
Reference

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

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