Saint John Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages





This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Saint John, New Brunswick has snow.

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

How Often it Snows in Saint John

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.2 centimetres (0.08 inches).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Saint John
Days   Inches Centi­metres
12.9 January 25.3 64
10.2 February 19.0 48
9.4 March 17.5 44
5.1 April 7.9 20
0.5 May 0.5 1
0.5 October 0.2 1
3.9 November 4.3 11
10.2 December 19.6 50
52.6 Year 94.3 240

When Saint John Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Saint John usually arrives in November, but can show up as early as October.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April although in some years a late snow lands in May.

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

How Many Snowstorms Saint John Gets

Most days of snowfall in Saint John leave less than five centimetres (2 inches) of fresh snow on the ground. For 16 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least five cm.

Big snowstorms of over ten cm a day normally occur seven or eight times a year. But major blizzards that dump 25 cm or more in one day are rare events that don't happen every year. Storms this severe are most likely to appear in December or January.

Number of days per month and year on average in Saint John with a total snowfall of at least 5, 10 or 20 centimetres
  5 cm
2.0 inches
10 cm
3.9 inches
25 cm
9.8 inches
January 4.1 2.0 0.2
February 3.5 1.6 0.1
March 2.6 1.6 0.1
April 1.5 0.5 0.0
May 0.1 0.0 0.0
November 0.6 0.2 0.0
December 3.5 1.6 0.2
Year 15.9 7.5 0.6

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Saint John

For about 95 days a year, Saint John has at least a centimetre of snow on the ground. In mid-winter the snowpack averages around 15 cm deep. The snow is often at its deepest in February.

Average total days per month and year in Saint John with snow depth of at least 1, 5, 10 or 20 cm on the ground
1 cm
0.4 inches
5 cm
2.0 inches
  10 cm
3.9 inches
20 cm
7.9 inches
24.2 20.2 January 16.2 10.3
24.7 20.6 February 16.4 9.2
21.9 17.0 March 13.6 8.1
5.8 3.0 April 1.5 0.8
0.1 0.0 May 0.0 0.0
2.9 1.3 November 0.6 0.4
15.4 10.6 December 7.5 4.9
94.9 72.8 Year 55.8 33.7
Reference

Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.

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