Burlington Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Burlington, Vermont has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Burlington usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Burlington normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Burlington 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 Burlington International Airport.

How Often it Snows in Burlington

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 Burlington
Days   Inches Centimetres
14.5 January 21.1   53.6
10.7 February 16.4   41.7
  9.0 March 15.8   40.1
  3.1 April   4.6   11.7
  0.1 May   0.0     0.0
  0.4 October   0.3     0.8
  4.7 November   5.1   13.0
11.9 December 17.9   45.5
54.4 Year 81.2 206.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 22.7 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 9.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 25.3 inches, while the lightest years get less than 15.6 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 24 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 9.1 inches in light years.

When Burlington Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Burlington usually arrives in November. In some years, October also gets a little snow.

The season's last snowfall commonly happens in April. A dusting of fresh snow can appear in May, but that's unusual.

Burlington is normally free of snow every year from June to September.

How Many Snowstorms Burlington Gets

Most days of snowfall in Burlington leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 23 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur three or four times a year. Typically one of those days is a major blizzard that dumps ten inches or more.

Number of days per month and year on average in Burlington 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
  6.0 1.8 January 0.9 0.2
  4.5 1.5 February 0.7 0.2
  3.7 1.5 March 0.8 0.2
  1.3 0.3 April 0.2 0.1
  0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
  1.6 0.4 November 0.2 0.0
  5.7 1.9 December 0.8 0.2
22.9 7.4 Year 3.6 0.9

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Burlington

Throughout much of winter, Burlington has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mainly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on 7 days in January and another 8 in February, the snow covering Burlington gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Burlington 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
25.2 19.0 January 14.8   6.8
24.0 19.2 February 15.5   8.1
16.2 12.1 March   9.8   5.3
  2.1   1.1 April   0.6   0.3
  0.1   0.1 October   0.0   0.0
  3.4   1.5 November   0.6   0.0
17.6 11.1 December   7.1   2.7
88.6 64.1 Year 48.4 23.2
Reference

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

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