Lexington Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Lexington, Kentucky has snow.

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

All the numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport.

How Often it Snows in Lexington

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 Lexington
Days   Inches Centi­metres
4.8 January 3.9 9.9
3.7 February 4.6 11.7
1.4 March 1.4 3.6
0.3 April 0.3 0.8
0.5 November 0.3 0.8
3.0 December 2.5 6.4
13.7 Year 13.0 33.0

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 3.4 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 0.4 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over five inches, while the lightest years get less than 0.7 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 7.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 0.7 inches in light years.

When Lexington Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Lexington usually arrives in December. About once every three or four years November also gets some snow.

The snow season most often ends in March. But the last snowfall can land as early as February or as late as April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Lexington Gets

Most days of snowfall in Lexington leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. On four days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day don't occur every year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are not at all normal here.

Number of days per month and year on average in Lexington 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
1.2 0.3 January 0.1 0.0
1.4 0.5 February 0.1 0.0
0.4 0.1 March 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
0.8 0.1 December 0.0 0.0
4.0 1.0 Year 0.2 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Lexington

For most winter days, Lexington has little, if any, snow on the ground.

Snow accumulates mainly during January and February. Typically, on one or two days a year, the snow covering Lexington gets to five or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Lexington 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
3.8 1.5 January 0.6 0.2
3.8 1.5 February 0.7 0.2
0.8 0.2 March 0.1 0.0
0.1 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
2.7 1.0 December 0.1 0.0
11.2 4.2 Year 1.5 0.4

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

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