Annual Average Snowfall for Cities in the United States

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The tables below give annual averages for snowfall at the largest cities in the United States. The numbers are for the total amount of new snow and how many days it snows at least 0.01 inches (0.25 centimetres) during the year. Plus there's a summary of which city is usually the snowiest.

The snowfall totals are averages based on weather data collected from 1981 to 2010 for the NOAA National Climatic Data Center.

Out of the 51 major US cities, three-quarters typically get a measurable amount of snow each year. But even cities that normally stay free of snow all year have had an occasional snow flurry. The exceptions are Miami and San Diego, where snow has never been recorded since official weather record keeping began.

Snowiest Cities for the Year

  • Most days with snowfall = 66 in Rochester
  • Greatest amount of snow = 100 inches at Rochester

Cities Without Snow Year Round

  • Normally no snow falls all year in Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Tampa

Cities in the table with links take you to more detailed information on that city's snowfall, snowstorms and snow accumulation.

Annual snowfall averages by city
Days Place Inches Centimetres
  2.1 Atlanta, Georgia   2.9     7.4
  0.5 Austin, Texas   0.6     1.5
  9.6 Baltimore, Maryland 20.2   51.3
  0.8 Birmingham, Alabama   1.6     4.1
22.4 Boston, Massachusetts 43.8 111.3
61.0 Buffalo, New York 94.7 240.5
  1.9 Charlotte, North Carolina   4.3   10.9
28.5 Chicago, Illinois 36.7   93.2
  9.8 Cincinnati, Ohio 11.2   28.4
46.9 Cleveland, Ohio 68.1 173.0
30.4 Columbus, Ohio 27.5   69.9
  1.3 Dallas, Texas   1.5     3.8
33.3 Denver, Colorado 53.8 136.7
36.4 Detroit, Michigan 42.7 108.5
20.1 Hartford, Connecticut 40.5 102.9
  0.3 Houston, Texas   0.1     0.3
23.5 Indianapolis, Indiana 25.9   65.8
  0.1 Jacksonville, Florida   0.0     0.0
  8.3 Kansas City, Missouri 13.4   34.0
  0.2 Las Vegas, Nevada   0.3     0.8
  0.0 Los Angeles, California   0.0     0.0
11.8 Louisville, Kentucky 12.5   31.8
  2.8 Memphis, Tennessee   3.8     9.7
  0.0 Miami, Florida   0.0     0.0
35.3 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 46.9 119.1
37.3 Minneapolis, Minnesota 54.0 137.2
Days Place Inches Centimetres
  6.2 Nashville, Tennessee   6.3   16.0
  0.1 New Orleans, Louisiana   0.0     0.0
11.1 New York, New York 25.1   63.8
  5.6 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma   7.8   19.8
  0.0 Orlando, Florida   0.0     0.0
12.2 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 22.4   56.9
  0.0 Phoenix, Arizona   0.0     0.0
39.6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 41.9 106.4
  2.2 Portland, Oregon   3.0     7.6
18.7 Providence, Rhode Island 33.8   85.9
  1.7 Raleigh, North Carolina   3.9     9.9
  6.1 Richmond, Virginia 10.3   26.2
  0.0 Riverside, California   0.0     0.0
65.9 Rochester, New York 99.5 252.7
  0.0 Sacramento, California   0.0     0.0
34.8 Salt Lake City, Utah 56.2 142.7
  0.4 San Antonio, Texas   0.7     1.8
  0.0 San Diego, California   0.0     0.0
  0.0 San Francisco, California   0.0     0.0
  0.0 San Jose, California   0.0     0.0
  3.0 Seattle, Washington   5.0   12.7
14.5 St. Louis, Missouri 17.7   45.0
  0.0 Tampa, Florida   0.0     0.0
  4.0 Virginia Beach, Virginia   5.8   14.7
  8.1 Washington, DC 14.5   36.8
Reference

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

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