Dayton Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Dayton 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 Dayton can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are averages, based on climate data gathered from 1981 to 2010 in downtown Dayton.

How Often it Snows in Dayton

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 Dayton
Days   Inches Centi­metres
4.0 January 5.3 13.5
2.4 February 2.2 5.6
1.0 March 1.7 4.3
0.1 April 0.1 0.3
0.1 November 0.1 0.3
2.6 December 2.9 7.4
10.2 Year 12.3 31.2

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

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

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 8.1 inches, while the lightest years get less than 1.3 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 3.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 0.3 inches in light years.

When Dayton Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Dayton's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in December. In rare years, it starts snowing as early as November.

The season's last snowfall can happen anytime from February to April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Dayton Gets

About half the days of snowfall in Dayton result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. For five days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day don't occur every year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are not expected here.

Number of days per month and year on average in Dayton 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
2.1 0.4 January 0.1 0.0
1.1 0.3 February 0.0 0.0
0.6 0.2 March 0.1 0.0
0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
1.3 0.3 December 0.1 0.0
5.2 1.2 Year 0.3 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Dayton

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

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

Average total days per month and year in Dayton 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
8.9 4.2 January 2.3 0.4
5.1 2.9 February 1.7 0.0
1.7 0.6 March 0.4 0.0
0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
5.0 1.8 December 0.7 0.0
20.8 9.5 Year 5.1 0.4

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

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