Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Scranton & Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania have snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Scranton and Wilkes-Barre usually get. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the cities normally have heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Scranton and Wilkes-Barre 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 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

How Often it Snows in Scranton & Wilkes-Barre

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 Scranton and Wilkes-Barre
Days   Inches Centi­metres
9.3 January 14.2 36.1
7.7 February 9.3 23.6
5.0 March 9.0 22.9
1.7 April 3.3 8.4
0.1 October 0.1 0.3
2.1 November 2.9 7.4
7.1 December 7.4 18.8
33.0 Year 46.2 117.3

These averages don't show how much snowfall in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre area varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals ten or more inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 2.8 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 13.5 inches, while the lightest years get less than 7.2 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 12.2 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 6.6 inches in light years.

When Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Have the First & Last Snowfalls

The cities usually see their first snowfall of winter in November. But it can start snowing as early as October.

The season's last snowfall usually happens in April, and sometimes in March.

Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are normally free of snow every year from May to September.

How Many Snowstorms Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Get

Most days of snowfall in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. For 13 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 happen only once every five years.

Number of days per month and year on average in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre 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
3.2 1.0 January 0.5 0.1
3.2 0.9 February 0.3 0.0
2.3 0.5 March 0.2 0.0
0.6 0.4 April 0.3 0.1
0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
0.8 0.3 November 0.1 0.0
2.3 0.6 December 0.2 0.0
12.5 3.7 Year 1.6 0.2

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Scranton & Wilkes-Barre

For over one-third of winter days, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre have at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on three days in January and another one in February, snow covering the cities gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre 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
16.4 9.0 January 6.1 2.8
13.6 7.9 February 4.5 1.0
5.7 3.4 March 2.0 0.5
0.8 0.5 April 0.2 0.1
1.7 0.8 November 0.2 0.0
7.3 3.7 December 1.7 0.1
45.5 25.3 Year 14.7 4.5

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

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