Albany Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Albany, New York has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Albany 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 Albany 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 Albany International Airport.

How Often it Snows in Albany

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 Albany
Days   Inches Centi­metres
10.3 January 17.6 44.7
7.6 February 12.4 31.5
5.6 March 10.2 25.9
1.2 April 2.3 5.8
0.1 May 0.1 0.3
0.1 October 0.0 0.0
2.5 November 2.8 7.1
7.4 December 13.7 34.8
34.8 Year 59.1 150.1

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals 20 inches or more of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 7.9 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 21.6 inches, while the lightest years get less than 8.6 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 17 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 6 inches in light years.

When Albany Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Albany's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in November. Snow can show up in October, but that is a rare event, occurring about once a decade.

The season's last snowfall in most years happens in April. Every few years the last of winter's fresh snow comes in March. But occasionally an exceptionally late snowfall does arrive in May.

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

How Many Snowstorms Albany Gets

Most days of snowfall in Albany result in just a skiff of less than an inch left 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 about three times a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more only happen on average once a year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Albany 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
4.2 1.9 January 1.0 0.3
2.9 1.3 February 0.6 0.2
2.5 1.0 March 0.6 0.2
0.5 0.1 April 0.1 0.1
0.9 0.2 November 0.1 0.0
3.7 1.5 December 0.7 0.1
14.7 6.0 Year 3.1 0.9

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Albany

For about two-thirds of winter days, Albany has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on three days in each of those months, the snow covering Albany gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Albany 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
19.4 13.3 January 8.7 3.4
16.1 11.8 February 8.5 3.0
8.5 5.6 March 3.8 1.0
0.9 0.4 April 0.2 0.1
1.8 0.5 November 0.2 0.0
11.4 5.9 December 3.2 1.0
58.1 37.5 Year 24.6 8.5

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

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