Winter Park Snowfall Totals & Snowstorm Averages





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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Winter Park usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Winter Park normally has heavy snowstorms. Plus there's information on when the ski resort can expect its 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 Winter Park from 1991 to 2020.

How Often it Snows in Winter Park

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 at Winter Park, 2010 to 2019
Days   Inches Centi­metres
9.9 January 28.1 71.5
9.8 February 26.1 66.2
8.9 March 29.7 75.5
8.1 April 30.0 76.3
4.4 May 13.7 34.7
0.1 June 0.3 0.8
0.5 September 0.8 2.0
5.8 October 15.2 38.5
8.3 November 24.7 62.8
9.9 December 31.2 79.2
68.4 Year 209.3 531.6
30-year snowfall averages at Winter Park, 1991 to 2020
Days   Inches Centi­metres
12.3 January 33.2 84.3
11.0 February 30.8 78.2
10.4 March 31.9 81.0
9.6 April 31.5 80.0
3.8 May 11.2 28.4
0.3 June 1.0 2.5
0.6 September 1.3 3.3
5.3 October 14.2 36.1
9.7 November 26.8 68.1
10.7 December 32.1 81.5
73.7 Year 214.0 543.6

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 39.4 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 24 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to 38.8 inches or more, while the lightest years get 22.5 inches or less.

New snow for February ranges from at least 38.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 24 inches in light years.

When Winter Park Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of autumn for Winter Park usually arrives in October. Every few years though, the snow arrives as early as September.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in May, although about one in four years also get a little new snow in June.

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

How Many Snowstorms Winter Park Gets

Nearly every day with snowfall in Winter Park results in at least an inch of fresh snow left on the ground. For 31 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur 13 times a year. Typically a couple of these storms are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day.

Number of days per month and year on average in Winter Park 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
11.9 4.9 January 1.7 0.2
10.7 4.5 February 1.9 0.3
10.0 4.4 March 1.9 0.3
9.1 4.1 April 2.3 0.6
3.6 1.6 May 0.6 0.1
0.3 0.2 June 0.1 0.0
0.6 0.1 September 0.1 0.0
5.1 1.9 October 0.9 0.1
9.4 4.5 November 1.8 0.0
10.4 4.3 December 1.8 0.2
71.1 30.5 Year 13.1 1.8

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Winter Park

For most of winter, Winter Park has at least twenty inches of snow on the ground. Snow builds up to twenty or more inches deep for 116 days a year on average. Although each fall and spring are different, the snowpack in Winter Park can top twenty inches as early as November and as late as May.

Average total days per month and year in Winter Park 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 30.9 January 30.7 30.5
28.5 28.5 February 28.5 28.5
30.2 30.2 March 29.8 29.3
24.6 23.3 April 22.2 19.9
7.8 6.0 May 4.9 3.4
0.2 0.1 June 0.1 0.0
0.7 0.2 September 0.1 0.0
8.1 4.9 October 2.9 0.6
24.3 21.7 November 18.6 12.3
30.5 29.9 December 28.8 26.9
185.9 175.7 Year 166.6 151.4
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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