Cleveland Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Cleveland, Ohio has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Cleveland 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 Cleveland 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 1981 to 2010 at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
How Often it Snows in Cleveland
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 Cleveland's snowfall varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals 22 inches or more of new snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 7.2 inches for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 25.4 inches, while the lightest years get less than 10.7 inches.
Snow in February ranges from over 18.8 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 8.5 inches in light years.
When Cleveland Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
Cleveland's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in November, although sometimes a light dusting of snow shows up as early as October. The season's last snowfall typically happens in April.
Cleveland is normally free of snow every year from May to September.
How Many Snowstorms Cleveland Gets
Just over half the days with snowfall in Cleveland result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. For 21 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 a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Cleveland
For about half of winter days, Cleveland has at least an inch of snow on the ground.
Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on seven days in January and another five in February, the snow covering Cleveland amounts to five or more inches deep. The city averages four days a year when the snowpack tops ten inches.
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.)