Telluride Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages





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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Telluride usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Telluride normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when the mountain resort can expect its first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered at Telluride from 1981 to 2008.

How Often it Snows in Telluride

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Telluride
Days   Inches Centi­metres
9.5 January 23.6 59.9
9.2 February 22.0 55.9
8.5 March 22.7 57.7
6.1 April 13.1 33.3
1.9 May 5.1 13.0
0.1 June 0.3 0.8
0.3 September 0.7 1.8
2.1 October 5.3 13.5
6.3 November 18.7 47.5
9.1 December 19.3 49.0
53.1 Year 130.8 332.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 24.3 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 13.3 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 29.2 inches, while the lightest years get under 14.2 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 24.5 inches in heavy snowfall years to 15.5 inches or less in light years.

When Telluride Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Telluride usually arrives in October, although every few years September also gets snow.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in May. While uncommon, June can also receive a light snowfall.

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

How Many Snowstorms Telluride Gets

Nearly every day that it snows in Telluride, at least an inch of fresh snow gets left on the ground. For 17 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three or more inches.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur eight times a year. Once a year on average a blizzard leaves behind ten inches or more of fresh snow in a single day. Storms that severe can move into Telluride anytime from November to March.

Number of days per month and year on average in Telluride 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
7.1 3.2 January 1.7 0.2
6.6 2.8 February 1.1 0.2
6.4 2.8 March 1.4 0.3
4.5 1.9 April 0.7 0.0
1.7 0.8 May 0.3 0.0
0.1 0.1 June 0.0 0.0
0.2 0.1 September 0.0 0.0
1.9 0.8 October 0.3 0.0
5.0 2.4 November 1.1 0.3
6.2 2.4 December 1.0 0.0
39.7 17.3 Year 7.6 1.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Telluride

For most of winter, Telluride has at least ten inches of snow on the ground. Snow builds up to twenty or more inches deep 27 days a year on average. Although each fall and spring are different, the snowpack in Telluride can top twenty inches as early as November and as late as April.

Average total days per month and year in Telluride 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
30.6 30.1 January 28.5 20.4
28.2 27.1 February 25.7 22.8
26.1 23.2 March 21.4 14.4
9.1 6.2 April 4.8 2.7
1.8 0.9 May 0.4 0.0
0.1 0.1 June 0.0 0.0
0.2 0.1 September 0.0 0.0
2.6 1.0 October 0.6 0.0
13.5 9.5 November 6.4 2.8
27.7 25.1 December 21.7 9.4
139.9 123.3 Year 109.5 72.5
Reference

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Climate Normals.

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