Minneapolis Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Minneapolis, Minnesota has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis 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 climate data gathered from 1991 to 2020 at the Minneapolis — St. Paul International Airport.
How Often it Snows in Minneapolis
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 Minneapolis varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 14.9 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 6.5 inches for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 16.4 inches, while the lightest years get less than 4.7 inches.
New snow for February ranges from over 13.6 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 4.4 inches in light years.
When Minneapolis Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
The first snowfall of winter for Minneapolis usually arrives in November. But at least once every four years, snow comes as early as October.
The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. Less commonly, April can receive no fresh snow or a few snowflakes land in May.
Minneapolis is normally free of snow every year from June to September.
How Many Snowstorms Minneapolis Gets
Most days of snowfall in Minneapolis leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 15 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 don't happen every year.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Minneapolis
For nearly all of winter along with some of early spring and late fall, Minneapolis has at least an inch of snow on the ground.
A snowpack that gets to ten or even twenty or more inches deep can cover the city anytime from November to March. But 20 inches of snow on the ground is uncommon here and doesn't happen every year.
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 (NCEI). Climate Normals.