Springfield Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Springfield, Illinois has snow.

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

All the numbers are averages, based on climate data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

How Often it Snows in Springfield

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 Springfield
Days   Inches Centi­metres
5.4 January 6.4 16.3
3.9 February 5.5 14.0
1.9 March 2.5 6.4
0.3 April 0.3 0.8
0.1 October 0.0 0.0
0.8 November 0.6 1.5
4.5 December 5.6 14.2
16.9 Year 20.9 53.1

These averages don't show how much Springfield's snowfall varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 7.5 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 2.5 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 8.5 inches, while the lightest years get less than 2.5 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 10.1 inches in heavy snowfall years to under an inch in light years.

When Springfield Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Springfield's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in November. But at least one in four years don't see snow until December. The season's last snowfall typically happens in March.

Springfield is normally free of snow every year from May to September.

How Many Snowstorms Springfield Gets

Most days of snowfall in Springfield result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. On an average of six days a year, at least an inch of snow lands in one day.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day typically occur once a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are not at all normal winter weather for Springfield.

Number of days per month and year on average in Springfield 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
1.9 0.6 January 0.3 0.0
1.5 0.7 February 0.3 0.0
0.6 0.3 March 0.2 0.0
0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.2 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
1.7 0.5 December 0.3 0.0
6.0 2.1 Year 1.1 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Springfield

For about a third of winter days, Springfield has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Typically, on two days in each of December, January and February, the snow covering Springfield gets to five or more inches deep, but seldom as much as ten inches.

Average total days per month and year in Springfield 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
10.8 4.6 January 1.9 0.2
7.6 3.9 February 2.0 0.3
1.8 0.8 March 0.1 0.0
0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.4 0.1 November 0.0 0.0
7.5 3.5 December 1.7 0.0
28.2 12.9 Year 5.7 0.5

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

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