Newark Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often the cities of Newark and Elizabeth in New Jersey have snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Newark and Elizabeth usually get. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the cities normally have heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when the Newark urban area 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 Newark Liberty International Airport, located within the two cities of Newark and Elizabeth.

How Often it Snows in the Newark Area

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 Newark
Days   Inches Centi­metres
4.8 January 8.0 20.3
3.6 February 9.3 23.6
2.4 March 4.6 11.7
0.4 April 0.9 2.3
0.4 November 0.4 1.0
2.9 December 5.4 13.7
14.5 Year 28.6 72.6

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 8.2 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive half an inch or less for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 12.2 inches, while the lightest years get less than 2.5 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 13.8 inches in heavy snowfall years to an inch or less in light years.

When Newark Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for the Newark region usually arrives in December. About one in four years also get a little snow in November.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in March. Every few years, some more snow shows up in April.

Newark is normally free of snow every year from May to October.

How Many Snowstorms Newark Gets

About half the days of snowfall in Newark and Elizabeth leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For seven days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur once or twice annually. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events here that don't happen every year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Newark 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
2.2 0.7 January 0.4 0.1
1.9 1.0 February 0.6 0.2
1.3 0.6 March 0.2 0.0
0.2 0.1 April 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.1 November 0.0 0.0
1.1 0.6 December 0.3 0.1
6.8 3.1 Year 1.5 0.4

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Newark

For about one-fifth of winter days, the Newark metropolitan area has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on three days in January and in February, the snow covering Newark gets to five or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Newark 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
8.6 5.0 January 2.7 0.6
6.4 4.2 February 2.6 0.7
2.5 1.5 March 0.6 0.1
0.2 0.1 April 0.1 0.0
0.2 0.1 November 0.0 0.0
2.9 1.5 December 0.8 0.3
20.8 12.4 Year 6.8 1.7

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

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