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.
The first set of monthly snow totals are averages for 2010 to 2019. All the other numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Bradley International Airport.
How Often it Snows in Hartford
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).
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.
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.
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.)