Saguenay Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages





This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Saguenay, Quebec has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Saguenay usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Saguenay 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 Bagotville Airport .

How Often it Snows in Saguenay

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 Saguenay
Days   Inches Centi­metres
19.1 January 25.5 65
15.4 February 21.8 55
13.1 March 18.0 46
7.2 April 9.5 24
1.1 May 1.4 3
0.1 September 0.0 0
3.5 October 3.3 8
13.7 November 18.4 47
19.6 December 28.9 73
92.8 Year 126.6 322

When Saguenay Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of autumn for Saguenay often arrives in October, but can show up as early as September.

The season's last snowfall can happen as late as May or even June.

Saguenay is normally free of snow every year in July and August.

How Many Snowstorms Saguenay Gets

Most days of snowfall in Saguenay leave less than five centimetres (2 inches) of fresh snow on the ground. For 22 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 from November to February.

Number of days per month and year on average in Saguenay 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 1.2 0.1
February 3.6 1.5 0.1
March 3.4 0.9 0.0
April 1.4 0.6 0.0
May 0.2 0.1 0.0
October 0.6 0.1 0.0
November 3.4 1.1 0.1
December 5.0 1.8 0.1
Year 21.7 7.4 0.3

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Saguenay

For about 155 days a year, Saguenay has at least a centimetre of snow on the ground. In mid-winter the snowpack averages 45 cm deep.

Generally the snow cover builds in December and is at it's deepest around the end of February. Melting continues throughout March and April. But it can take until May before the snow is gone entirely.

Average total days per month and year in Saguenay 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
31.0 31.0 January 30.2 27.2
28.2 27.9 February 27.5 26.4
31.0 29.8 March 28.9 25.9
17.1 12.8 April 9.6 5.8
0.6 0.2 May 0.1 0.0
1.3 0.4 October 0.0 0.0
16.1 11.0 November 6.8 2.4
29.7 27.9 December 25.8 16.6
155.1 141.0 Year 128.9 104.3
Reference

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

Environment Canada. National Climate Data and Information Archive. Canadian Climate Normals or Averages 1971-2000.

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