Average Snowfall for US Cities in January





The tables below give monthly averages for snowfall during January 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) this month. Plus there's a summary of which city in January 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. The major cities listed here represent the 51 biggest metropolitan centers in the US, all those with over one million people in 2010.

January is the snowiest month of the year for over three-quarters of the major cities that regularly get snow.

For cities that are normally snow free, it's not unheard of for a freak snowstorm to stop by in January. One in January of 1949 dumped 1.5 inches of snow on Long Beach and spilled 0.3 inches in downtown Los Angeles. San Francisco had 1.5 inches of snow in 1962.

Snowiest Cities in January

  • Most days with snowfall = 18 in Rochester
  • Greatest amount of new snow = 28 inches at Rochester

Cities Without Snow in January

  • Normally no snow falls this month in Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Tampa
January snowfall averages by city
Days Place Inches Centi­metres
0.8 Atlanta, Georgia 1.3 3.3
0.3 Austin, Texas 0.4 1.0
3.5 Baltimore, Maryland 6.8 17.3
0.3 Birmingham, Alabama 0.6 1.5
6.7 Boston, Massachusetts 12.9 32.8
16.3 Buffalo, New York 25.3 64.3
1.0 Charlotte, North Carolina 2.1 5.3
8.2 Chicago, Illinois 10.8 27.4
3.2 Cincinnati, Ohio 3.2 8.1
13.5 Cleveland, Ohio 18.7 47.5
9.2 Columbus, Ohio 9.5 24.1
0.5 Dallas, Texas 0.5 1.3
5.0 Denver, Colorado 7.0 17.8
10.2 Detroit, Michigan 12.5 31.8
5.8 Hartford, Connecticut 12.3 31.2
0.1 Houston, Texas 0.0 0.0
7.5 Indianapolis, Indiana 8.6 21.8
Days Place Inches Centi­metres
0.0 Jacksonville, Florida 0.0 0.0
2.5 Kansas City, Missouri 4.1 10.4
0.0 Las Vegas, Nevada 0.0 0.0
0.0 Los Angeles, California 0.0 0.0
3.6 Louisville, Kentucky 3.7 9.4
1.2 Memphis, Tennessee 1.9 4.8
0.0 Miami, Florida 0.0 0.0
9.8 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 14.7 37.3
8.2 Minneapolis, Minnesota 12.1 30.7
2.1 Nashville, Tennessee 2.6 6.6
0.0 New Orleans, Louisiana 0.0 0.0
4.0 New York, New York 7.0 17.8
1.6 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2.8 7.1
0.0 Orlando, Florida 0.0 0.0
4.4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 6.5 16.5
0.0 Phoenix, Arizona 0.0 0.0
11.5 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 11.8 30.0
Days Place Inches Centi­metres
0.9 Portland, Oregon 0.9 2.3
5.7 Providence, Rhode Island 9.0 22.9
0.9 Raleigh, North Carolina 2.0 5.1
1.9 Richmond, Virginia 3.9 9.9
0.0 Riverside, California 0.0 0.0
18.0 Rochester, New York 28.2 71.6
0.0 Sacramento, California 0.0 0.0
8.5 Salt Lake City, Utah 12.5 31.8
0.2 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
0.7 Seattle, Washington 0.9 2.3
4.7 St. Louis, Missouri 5.6 14.2
0.0 Tampa, Florida 0.0 0.0
1.6 Virginia Beach, Virginia 2.4 6.1
3.0 Washington, DC 5.6 14.2
Reference

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

US City Snowfall
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