Traverse City Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages





This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Traverse City, Michigan has snow.

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

How Often it Snows in Traverse City

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 Traverse City
Days   Inches Centi­metres
17.0 January 33.2 84.3
11.2 February 18.9 48.0
7.2 March 10.7 27.2
2.5 April 2.6 6.6
0.1 May 0.1 0.3
0.5 October 0.2 0.5
5.8 November 9.0 22.9
14.3 December 26.7 67.8
58.6 Year 101.4 257.6

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 32.7 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 18 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 37.5 inches, while the lightest years get less than 23 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 26 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 7.9 inches in light years.

When Traverse City Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Traverse City's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in October or November.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April, and in rare years, May.

Traverse City is normally free of snow every year from June to September.

How Many Snowstorms Traverse City Gets

Most days of snowfall in Traverse City result in at least an inch left on the ground. For 11 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur three or four times a year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day don't happen every year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Traverse City 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
9.8 3.7 January 1.6 0.3
6.0 2.1 February 0.6 0.1
3.5 1.1 March 0.4 0.0
0.8 0.3 April 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
3.5 0.9 November 0.2 0.1
8.5 2.9 December 1.0 0.0
32.2 11.0 Year 3.8 0.5

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Traverse City

For most of winter, Traverse City has at least three inches of snow on the ground.

Snow mainly accumulates during January. Typically, on 15 days in January and another 11 in February, the snow covering Traverse City amounts to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Traverse City 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
28.7 25.6 January 23.0 15.0
24.8 21.4 February 17.6 10.9
16.3 10.6 March 6.5 2.3
1.2 0.3 April 0.0 0.0
6.8 3.1 November 1.1 0.3
19.7 15.4 December 11.1 4.3
97.5 76.4 Year 59.3 32.8
Reference

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

Michigan Snowfall
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