Providence Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Providence, Rhode Island has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that the Providence – Warwick metropolitan area usually gets. 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 the region can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Theodore Francis Green Memorial State Airport International Airport in Warwick.

How Often it Snows in Providence

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 Providence
Days   Inches Centi­metres
5.7 January 9.0 22.9
4.6 February 8.5 21.6
3.5 March 5.5 14.0
0.4 April 0.6 1.5
0.6 November 1.5 3.8
3.9 December 8.7 22.1
18.7 Year 33.8 85.9

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 13.1 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 3.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 13.3 inches, while the lightest years get three inches or less.

New snow for February ranges from over 10.7 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 4.4 inches in light years.

When Providence Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Providence usually arrives in December. One in every three or four years also get snow in November.

The season's last snowfall most often happens in March. About one-quarter of Aprils also receive a dusting of snow.

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

How Many Snowstorms Providence Gets

Half the days of snowfall in Providence amount to just a skiff, leaving 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 historically have happened about once a decade.

Number of days per month and year on average in Providence 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 1.0 January 0.4 0.0
2.3 0.8 February 0.3 0.1
1.6 0.7 March 0.3 0.0
0.2 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.3 0.2 November 0.1 0.0
2.2 1.0 December 0.6 0.0
9.4 3.7 Year 1.7 0.1

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Providence

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

Typically, on three days in January and another two in February and in December, the snow covering Providence gets to five or more inches deep. But the snowpack seldom accumulates to higher than ten inches.

Average total days per month and year in Providence 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
10.3 5.6 January 3.2 0.5
7.6 3.8 February 1.9 0.5
3.0 1.3 March 0.5 0.0
0.2 0.1 April 0.1 0.0
0.7 0.5 November 0.2 0.0
5.5 3.1 December 2.0 0.4
27.3 14.4 Year 7.9 1.4

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

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