Truckee Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Truckee, California has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Truckee usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the mountain town normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Truckee 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 1981 to 2009 in Truckee.
How Often it Snows in Truckee
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 Truckee varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 58 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 16 inches for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 58 inches, while the lightest years get less than eight inches.
New snow for February ranges from over 65 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 13 inches in light years.
When Truckee Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
The first snowfall of autumn for Truckee usually arrives in November. Every three or four years October also gets snow. Less commonly, it starts snowing in September.
The season's last snowfall can happen as early as April. In some years, though it keeps on snowing until June.
Truckee is normally free of snow every year during July and August.
How Many Snowstorms Truckee Gets
Most days of snowfall in Truckee leave at least an inch of fresh snow. For 23 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.
Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur 16 times a year. Typically six of these storms are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more. Snow events this severe can descend on the town anytime from October to April.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Truckee
On most winter days, Truckee has at least three inches of snow on the ground.
Snow usually accumulates to ten or more inches deep from December to April.
Jay Lawrimore, Ron Ray, Scott Applequist, Bryant Korzeniewski, Matthew Menne. 2016. Global Summary of the Month and Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals. (Data Access. FTP.)