Crested Butte Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages





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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Crested Butte usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Crested Butte normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when the mountain resort town 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 climate data gathered in Crested Butte from 1981 to 2010.

How Often it Snows in Crested Butte

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 Crested Butte, 2010 to 2019
Days   Inches Centi­metres
9.5 January 37.7 95.8
8.0 February 28.8 73.1
6.1 March 22.1 56.0
5.8 April 14.1 35.7
2.6 May 6.8 17.3
0.0 June 0.0 0.0
0.0 September 0.2 0.5
2.1 October 6.4 16.1
6.3 November 20.7 52.7
8.6 December 33.5 85.2
49.6 Year 168.1 427.0
30-year snowfall averages in Crested Butte, 1981 to 2010
Days   Inches Centi­metres
10.5 January 38.4 97.5
10.2 February 38.1 96.8
10.4 March 31.9 81.0
7.8 April 20.4 51.8
3.0 May 7.3 18.5
0.3 June 0.6 1.5
0.7 September 1.5 3.8
3.8 October 9.3 23.6
8.8 November 27.6 70.1
10.7 December 41.5 105.4
66.2 Year 216.6 550.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 56.4 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 19.7 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 61.4 inches (over five feet), while the lightest years get less than 15.4 inches.

New snow for February ranges from 55 inches or more in heavy snowfall years to under 19.6 inches in light years.

When Crested Butte Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Crested Butte usually arrives in October. At least one in four years also receive snow in September.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in May. About one in every four years June also gets a little fresh snow.

Crested Butte is normally free of snow every year during July and August.

How Many Snowstorms Crested Butte Gets

Most days of snowfall in Crested Butte leave an inch or more of fresh snow on the ground. For 29 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least three inches.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur 14 times a year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day typically happen three or four times a year. Storms this severe can descend on Crested Butte any time from November to May.

Number of days per month and year on average in Crested Butte 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
9.6 5.1 January 2.7 0.8
9.5 5.4 February 2.7 0.7
9.0 4.0 March 1.9 0.4
7.1 2.7 April 0.9 0.1
2.4 1.0 May 0.4 0.1
0.2 0.1 June 0.0 0.0
0.6 0.1 September 0.1 0.0
3.2 1.3 October 0.4 0.0
7.8 4.2 November 2.0 0.6
9.7 5.3 December 2.7 0.8
59.1 29.2 Year 13.8 3.5

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Crested Butte

For close to half the days in a year, Crested Butte has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Every year, snow accumulates to ten or more inches deep throughout most of December to early April. Although each spring and fall are different, the snowpack in Crested Butte can top ten inches anytime from October to May.

Average total days per month and year in Crested Butte 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 30.0 January 29.3 28.1
28.0 27.8 February 27.5 27.3
30.4 29.7 March 29.3 28.1
19.5 17.5 April 15.9 13.2
2.6 1.8 May 1.1 0.5
0.2 0.0 June 0.0 0.0
0.5 0.1 September 0.0 0.0
4.2 1.7 October 1.1 0.3
20.3 16.6 November 12.1 6.8
30.0 28.3 December 26.4 22.0
166.7 153.5 Year 142.7 126.3
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. 1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals. (Data Access. FTP.)

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