Springfield Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Springfield, Missouri has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Springfield 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 Springfield 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 1981 to 2010 at the Springfield–Branson National Airport.

How Often it Snows in Springfield

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).

10-year snowfall averages at Springfield, 2010 to 2019
Days   Inches Centi­metres
1.3 January 3.6 9.1
1.2 February 4.2 10.7
0.7 March 1.6 4.2
0.0 April 0.1 0.2
0.1 May 0.1 0.4
0.0 October 0.0 0.0
0.2 November 0.4 1.0
0.6 December 1.9 4.9
4.1 Year 12.0 30.5
30-year snowfall averages at Springfield, 1981 to 2010
Days   Inches Centi­metres
3.5 January 5.4 13.7
2.9 February 3.6 9.1
1.4 March 2.4 6.1
0.1 April 0.0 0.0
0.0 May 0.0 0.0
0.1 October 0.0 0.0
0.7 November 0.7 1.8
2.8 December 4.9 12.4
11.5 Year 17.0 43.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 7.1 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 0.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 6.8 inches, while the lightest years get less than 2.7 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 5.2 inches in heavy snowfall years to under an inch in light years.

When Springfield Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Springfield usually arrives in December. About once every four years, November also receives snow, and in rare years, snow lands in October.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in March, although every three or four years March has no snow. Fresh snow in April is also not unheard of here.

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

How Many Snowstorms Springfield Gets

Most days of snowfall in Springfield leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. Normally four or five days a year receive at least an inch of new snow.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day occur on average just once a year. Major blizzards that dump ten or more inches in one day are not at all normal here.

Number of days per month and year on average in Springfield 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
1.6 0.6 January 0.2 0.0
0.9 0.4 February 0.2 0.0
0.5 0.3 March 0.2 0.0
0.2 0.1 November 0.0 0.0
1.2 0.6 December 0.3 0.0
4.4 2.0 Year 0.9 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Springfield

For about one in six days of winter, Springfield has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during December and January. Typically, on one or two days in December and in January, the snow covering Springfield gets to five or more inches deep.

The snowpack doesn't build up to ten inches every year. But the snow in Springfield can get that deep anytime from December to March.

Average total days per month and year in Springfield 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
7.0 3.5 January 1.5 0.1
3.9 1.6 February 0.7 0.1
0.9 0.5 March 0.4 0.2
0.3 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
4.8 2.8 December 1.9 0.1
16.9 8.4 Year 4.5 0.5

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. 1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals. (Data Access. FTP.)

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