Louisville Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Louisville usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Louisville normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Louisville 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 the Louisville International Airport.

How Often it Snows in Louisville

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 Louisville
Days   Inches Centi­metres
3.6 January 3.7 9.4
3.6 February 4.5 11.4
1.2 March 1.4 3.6
0.1 April 0.1 0.3
0.1 October 0.1 0.3
0.3 November 0.1 0.3
2.9 December 2.6 6.6
11.8 Year 12.5 31.8

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

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

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 5.1 inches, while the lightest years get less than 0.9 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 6.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 0.8 inches in light years.

When Louisville Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Louisville usually arrives in December. Sometimes November and even October get a little snow.

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

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

How Many Snowstorms Louisville Gets

Most days of snowfall in Louisville 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 Louisville 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
1.1 0.5 February 0.2 0.0
0.4 0.1 March 0.1 0.0
0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
0.0 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
0.8 0.2 December 0.0 0.0
3.6 1.1 Year 0.4 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Louisville

For most winter days, Louisville 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 Louisville gets to five or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in 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
4.4 1.1 January 0.7 0.4
3.2 1.5 February 0.8 0.0
0.6 0.3 March 0.1 0.0
0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
2.7 1.0 December 0.3 0.0
11.0 3.9 Year 1.9 0.4

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

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