Columbus Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Columbus, Ohio has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Columbus 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 Columbus 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 the Port Columbus International Airport, located six miles from downtown Columbus.

How Often it Snows in Columbus

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 Columbus
Days   Inches Centi­metres
9.2 January 9.5 24.1
6.7 February 6.3 16.0
4.7 March 4.4 11.2
1.2 April 1.1 2.8
0.1 October 0.2 0.5
1.8 November 0.9 2.3
6.7 December 5.1 13.0
30.4 Year 27.5 69.9

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 7.5 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 2.4 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 12.5 inches, while the lightest years get less than 3.6 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 7.8 inches in heavy snowfall years to three inches or less in light years.

When Columbus Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Columbus's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in November, although during about one in four years, November remains free of snow. October can get a light snow flurry, but that's uncommon.

The season's last snowfall in most years happens in April. About once every four years April has no snow, which moves the last snowfall to March.

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

How Many Snowstorms Columbus Gets

Most days of snowfall in Columbus result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. For nine days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day are rare events that don't appear every winter. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more are not at all normal for Columbus.

Number of days per month and year on average in Columbus 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
2.8 0.9 January 0.2 0.0
2.3 0.5 February 0.2 0.0
1.2 0.3 March 0.1 0.0
0.3 0.1 April 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
0.2 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
1.8 0.3 December 0.1 0.0
8.7 2.1 Year 0.6 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Columbus

For about one-quarter of winter days, Columbus has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on three or four days in January and another couple in February, the snow covering Columbus gets to five or more inches deep. The city averages one day a year when the snowpack builds to ten inches or more.

Average total days per month and year in Columbus 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
10.9 6.1 January 3.7 0.4
7.0 3.5 February 1.9 0.4
2.8 1.0 March 0.5 0.1
0.3 0.1 April 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
5.8 1.9 December 0.3 0.0
26.9 12.6 Year 6.4 0.9

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

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