Fairbanks Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Fairbanks, Alaska has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Fairbanks usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Fairbanks normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Fairbanks can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.
The first set of monthly snow totals are averages for 2010 to 2019. All the other numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1991 to 2020 at the Fairbanks International Airport.
How Often it Snows in Fairbanks
The next two tables list monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).
These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Fairbanks varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 13.5 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 6.2 inches for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to 11.5 inchesor more, while the lightest years get less than 4.6 inches.
New snow for February ranges from over 13.3 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 4.3 inches in light years.
When Fairbanks Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
It often starts snowing at Fairbanks in September, although in some years September has no snow.
The season's last snowfall typically happens in April, but every few years, more snow lands in May.
Fairbanks is normally free of snow every year from June to August.
How Many Snowstorms Fairbanks Gets
Most days of snowfall in Fairbanks leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 20 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.
Snowstorms of over five inches a day on average occur once a year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that arrive just once a decade.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Fairbanks
Throughout the winter months, Fairbanks has more than five inches of snow on the ground.
Snow mostly accumulates during January to March. Typically, nearly every day in those months, plus much of December and April, the snow covering Fairbanks amounts to at least ten inches deep. The snow amounts to 20 inches or more deep on an average of 37 days a year.
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