Breckenridge Snowfall Totals & Snowstorm Averages





This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Breckenridge, Colorado has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Breckenridge usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Breckenridge normally has heavy snowstorms. Plus there's information on when Breckenridge 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 averages, based on weather data gathered at Breckenridge from 1991 to 2020.

How Often it Snows in Breckenridge

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).

10-year snowfall averages in Breckenridge, 2010 to 2019
Days   Inches Centi­metres
8.1 January 28.6 72.6
8.6 February 25.8 65.5
8.4 March 29.3 74.3
7.2 April 28.2 71.7
3.3 May 12.4 31.5
0.1 June 0.4 1.0
0.1 September 0.1 0.3
4.5 October 14.4 36.6
6.9 November 21.1 53.5
7.4 December 27.7 70.2
54.9 Year 189.2 480.7
30-year snowfall averages in Breckenridge, 1991 to 2020
Days   Inches Centi­metres
12.5 January 27.7 70.4
12.2 February 27.7 70.4
12.0 March 27.6 70.1
11.3 April 28.0 71.1
4.4 May 9.5 24.1
0.6 June 0.8 2.0
1.0 September 2.2 5.6
5.7 October 13.6 34.5
9.7 November 23.7 60.2
11.1 December 23.8 60.5
80.5 Year 184.6 468.9

These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Breckenridge varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 32.3 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 13.4 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 31.5 inches, while the lightest years get under 16.5 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 34.6 inches in heavy snowfall years to 18.5 inches or less in light years.

When Breckenridge Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall in autumn usually arrives at Breckenridge in October. Less commonly, September sees the first fresh snow.

The season's last snowfall most often happens in May, although some years receive a little new snow in June.

Breckenridge is normally free of fresh snow every year during July and August.

How Many Snowstorms Breckenridge Gets

Most days of snowfall in Breckenridge result in at least an inch of fresh snow left on the ground. 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 eight or nine times annually. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that don't happen every year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Breckenridge with a total snowfall of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
9.4 2.9 January 1.1 0.2
9.0 3.6 February 1.3 0.1
9.1 3.4 March 1.4 0.1
8.2 3.7 April 1.4 0.2
3.1 1.0 May 0.5 0.1
0.3 0.1 June 0.0 0.0
0.7 0.4 September 0.2 0.0
4.2 1.7 October 0.8 0.1
8.0 3.1 November 1.3 0.0
7.5 2.8 December 1.2 0.1
59.5 22.7 Year 9.2 0.9

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Breckenridge

For most of winter, Breckenridge has at least ten inches of snow on the ground.

The snowpack covering Breckenridge builds up to twenty or more inches deep on an average of 90 days a year, from as early as October to as late as May.

Average total days per month and year in Breckenridge with snow depth of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches on the ground
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
31.0 31.0 January 31.0 29.1
28.5 28.5 February 28.5 28.4
30.8 30.8 March 30.8 30.4
24.7 23.0 April 21.3 18.7
3.8 2.2 May 1.8 0.8
0.2 0.1 June 0.0 0.0
0.5 0.2 September 0.1 0.1
7.1 4.4 October 3.0 0.6
23.7 19.6 November 15.6 6.9
28.9 28.9 December 28.6 21.7
179.2 168.7 Year 160.7 136.7
References

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 (NCEI). Climate Normals.

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