Harrisburg Snowfall Totals & Snowstorm Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has snow.

There are data and descriptions of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Harrisburg usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the city normally has heavy snowstorms. Plus there's information on when Harrisburg can expect the first and last snowfalls of winter.

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at Harrisburg's Capitol City Airport.

How Often it Snows in Harrisburg

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 Harrisburg
Days   Inches Centi­metres
6.3 January 8.3 21.1
4.9 February 7.3 18.5
2.4 March 4.8 12.2
1.0 April 1.6 4.1
0.9 November 1.4 3.6
3.9 December 4.8 12.2
19.4 Year 28.2 71.6

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 6.6 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than two inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 9.8 inches, while the lightest years get less than 5.3 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over ten inches in heavy snowfall years to under 2.3 inches in light years.

When Harrisburg Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Harrisburg usually arrives in December, but an early snow often shows up in November.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in March. In some years, it also snows in April.

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

How Many Snowstorms Harrisburg Gets

Most days of snowfall in Harrisburg leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow 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 normally occur once or twice a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that only happen an average of once every five years.

Number of days per month and year on average in Harrisburg 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
2.9 1.2 January 0.4 0.1
2.1 1.0 February 0.3 0.1
1.4 0.6 March 0.3 0.0
0.5 0.2 April 0.1 0.0
0.4 0.2 November 0.0 0.0
1.9 0.4 December 0.2 0.0
9.2 3.6 Year 1.3 0.2

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals. (Data Access. FTP.)

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