Burlington Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Burlington, Vermont has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Burlington usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Burlington normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Burlington can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.
The first set of monthly snow totals are averages for 2010 to 2019. All the other numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Burlington International Airport.
How Often it Snows in Burlington
The next two tables list monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).
These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Burlington varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 22.7 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 9.2 inches for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 25.3 inches, while the lightest years get less than 15.6 inches.
New snow for February ranges from over 24 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 9.1 inches in light years.
When Burlington Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
The first snowfall of winter for Burlington usually arrives in November. In some years, October also gets a little snow.
The season's last snowfall commonly happens in April. A dusting of fresh snow can appear in May, but that's unusual.
Burlington is normally free of snow every year from June to September.
How Many Snowstorms Burlington Gets
Most days of snowfall in Burlington leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 23 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.
Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur three or four times a year. Typically one of those days is a major blizzard that dumps ten inches or more.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Burlington
Throughout much of winter, Burlington has at least an inch of snow on the ground.
Snow mainly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on 7 days in January and another 8 in February, the snow covering Burlington gets to ten or more inches deep.
Jay Lawrimore, Ron Ray, Scott Applequist, Bryant Korzeniewski, Matthew Menne. 2016. Global Summary of the Month and Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals. (Data Access. FTP.)