Average Snowfall for Northwest Territories in October

The tables below list monthly averages for snowfall during October at places in the Northwest Territories.

Separate tables group places in the Southern and Northern parts of the Northwest Territories.

The numbers are for the total amount of new snow and how many days it snows at least 0.2 centimetres (0.08 inches) this month. The snowfall totals are averages based on weather data collected from 1981 to 2010.

Southern Northwest Territories

Several of the communities in the southern portion of the Northwest Territories are on the shores of Great Slave Lake. The capital city of Yellowknife is on the north shore, and Hay River on the south shore.

Fort Simpson is a village at the confluence of the Liard and Mackenzie Rivers. Upstream on the Liard, is the hamlet of Fort Liard, located not far from the borders with the Yukon and British Columbia.

Fort Smith is along the Slave River, near the Alberta border. Located just east of Wood Buffalo National Park, the town serves as a gateway for visiting the Park.

October snowfall averages
Days Place Inches Centi­metres
6 Fort Liard 9.3 23.5
9 Fort Simpson 11.4 29.0
8 Fort Smith 8.5 21.5
8 Hay River 7.8 19.9
10 Yellowknife 8.2 20.9

Northern Northwest Territories

This region of the Northwest Territories includes the mainland and islands of the Canadian western Arctic. All the places here, but Normal Wells, lie north of the Arctic Circle.

The communities of Normal Wells and Inuvik sit alongside the Mackenzie River. Tuktoyaktuk, Paulatuk and Cape Parry are on the Arctic coast. Sachs Harbour is on the southwest corner of Banks Island, while Ulukhaktok is on the west coast of Victoria Island. Mould Bay is Environment Canada's northermost weather station in the Northwest Territories, located at 76° N latitude on Prince Patrick Island.

Total amount of snow in October on average
Days Place Inches Centi­metres
17 Cape Parry 10.9 27.6
14 Inuvik 11.8 30.1
12 Mould Bay 6.3 16.1
13 Norman Wells 10.7 27.3
12 Paulatuk 9.9 25.1
13 Sachs Harbour 7.9 20.2
13 Tuktoyaktuk 7.9 20.1
13 Ulukhaktok 6.7 16.9

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

Northwest Territories Snowfall
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