Hartford Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Hartford, Connecticut has snow.

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

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Bradley International Airport.

How Often it Snows in Hartford

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 Hartford
Days   Inches Centi­metres
5.8 January 12.3 31.2
4.7 February 11.0 27.9
3.5 March 6.4 16.3
0.5 April 1.4 3.6
0.9 November 2.0 5.1
4.7 December 7.4 18.8
20.1 Year 40.5 102.9

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

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

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 14.6 inches, while the lightest years get less than 5.2 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 17.5 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 4.7 inches in light years.

When Hartford Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Hartford in most years arrives in November. Every three or four years, though, snow doesn't land until December.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. Although some springs April gets no fresh snow, which moves the last snowfall to March.

Hartford is normally free of snow every year from May to October.

How Many Snowstorms Hartford Gets

About half the days of snowfall in Hartford leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For ten days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur a couple 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 Hartford 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
3.0 1.5 January 0.8 0.2
2.2 0.8 February 0.6 0.1
1.9 0.7 March 0.3 0.0
0.3 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.5 0.2 November 0.1 0.0
2.2 1.0 December 0.4 0.0
10.1 4.2 Year 2.2 0.3

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Hartford

For over one-third of winter days, Hartford has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on one or two days in January and in February, the snow covering Hartford gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Hartford 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
15.8 9.2 January 6.3 1.9
12.4 8.5 February 4.5 1.4
5.1 3.0 March 1.4 0.3
0.5 0.2 April 0.1 0.1
0.9 0.6 November 0.1 0.0
6.6 2.5 December 1.4 0.4
41.3 24.0 Year 13.8 4.1

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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