Elkins Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Elkins, West Virginia has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Elkins 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 Elkins 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 Elkins-Randolph County Airport.
How Often it Snows in Elkins
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).
These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Elkins varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 22.8 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive seven inches or less for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 28 inches, while the lightest years get less than 17.7 inches.
New snow for February ranges from over 23.6 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 11.9 inches in light years.
When Elkins Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
The first snowfall of winter for Elkins usually arrives in November, but an early snow often shows up in October.
The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. Elkins is normally free of snow every year from May to September.
How Many Snowstorms Elkins Gets
Most days of snowfall in Elkins leave at least an inch of fresh snow on the ground. For nine days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.
Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur three times 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 decade.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Elkins
For close to half of winter days, Elkins has at least an inch of snow on the ground.
Snow mostly accumulates during January and February, but doesn't remain deep for long. Typically just three days a winter in Elkins have snow piling up to ten or more inches deep.
National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.