Columbia Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Columbia, Missouri has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Columbia 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 Columbia 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 weather data gathered from 1991 to 2020.
How Often it Snows in Columbia
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 Columbia varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 5.9 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 0.7 inches for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over eight inches, while the lightest years get less than 1.5 inches.
New snow for February ranges from over four inches in heavy snowfall years to under 1.2 inches in light years.
When Columbia Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
The first snowfall of winter for Columbia usually arrives in December. Every few years snow also shows up in November.
The season's last snowfall typically happens in February or March. Although rare, April can get some fresh snow.
Columbia is normally free of snow every year from May to October.
How Many Snowstorms Columbia Gets
About half the days of snowfall in Columbia leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For five 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 drop ten inches or more in one day are exceptional events, that happen about once or twice a decade.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Columbia
For a small portion of winter days, Columbia has at least an inch of snow on the ground.
Typically, on three days in a year, the snow covering Columbia gets to five or more inches deep. The snowpack tops ten inches on an average of one day per winter.
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.