Des Moines - Extreme Daily Snowfall for Each Year





Here's a list of yearly records for the heaviest snowfalls and snowiest days in Des Moines, Iowa. The information easily answers questions such as: How much snow fell in a day during the biggest snowstorm of 2019? When was the last time Des Moines got blanketed in a foot of new snow on a single day?

This page gives the highest daily snowfall of each year in Des Moines and the date it occurred. If a date has a plus sign beside it that means the same amount of snow also fell on at least one other day earlier in the year.

These snowfall extremes were measured at Des Moines International Airport and go back to 1946. Since then, the most amount of snow to land in one day at Des Moines is 13.7 inches (34.8 centimetres) on January 26, 1996.

Most snow to fall in one day during recent years in Des Moines
Inches Date Centi­metres
9.6 December 29, 2020   24.4
5.4 February 17, 2019 13.7
5.4 February 05, 2018 13.7
2.6 February 08, 2017 6.6
2.5 February 02, 2016 6.4
6.7 November 20, 2015 17.0
4.7 February 04, 2014 11.9
6.1 January 30, 2013 15.5
6.8 December 20, 2012 17.3
6.4 February 01, 2011 16.3
6.4 January 25, 2010 16.3
Highest daily snowfall recorded at Des Moines each year
Inches Date Centi­metres
10.6 December 08, 2009 26.9
5.7 February 17, 2008 14.5
4.8 November 21, 2007 12.2
4.3 March 21, 2006 10.9
8.0 January 05, 2005 20.3
12.0 March 15, 2004 30.5
8.4 February 15, 2003 21.3
4.8 January 31, 2002 12.2
5.0 March 16, 2001 + 12.7
7.5 December 11, 2000 19.1
12.0 March 08, 1999 30.5
11.0 March 08, 1998 27.9
6.8 October 26, 1997 17.3
13.7 January 26, 1996 34.8
6.0 December 08, 1995 15.2
7.8 February 22, 1994 19.8
5.0 January 12, 1993 12.7
9.3 November 25, 1992 23.6
5.2 November 23, 1991 13.2
7.7 December 03, 1990 19.6
5.5 February 12, 1989 14.0
3.3 February 10, 1988 8.4
6.2 December 15, 1987 15.7
2.6 February 05, 1986 6.6
5.7 December 01, 1985 14.5
4.5 January 01, 1984 11.4
8.2 April 17, 1983 20.8
7.0 January 02, 1982 17.8
5.6 February 10, 1981 14.2
7.4 October 27, 1980 18.8
5.9 January 13, 1979 15.0
8.7 February 13, 1978 22.1
7.7 December 31, 1977 19.6
9.8 February 21, 1976 24.9
5.9 January 02, 1975 15.0
5.1 February 21, 1974 13.0
10.3 April 09, 1973 26.2
7.5 November 13, 1972 19.1
13.6 January 03, 1971 34.5
5.4 March 19, 1970 13.7
3.8 February 21, 1969 9.7
11.8 November 10, 1968 30.0
2.4 October 26, 1967 6.1
4.0 December 28, 1966 10.2
7.5 March 02, 1965 19.1
3.5 January 08, 1964 8.9
4.6 January 11, 1963 11.7
8.0 March 08, 1962 20.3
10.0 December 22, 1961 25.4
6.3 February 09, 1960 16.0
7.8 March 05, 1959 19.8
3.5 January 25, 1958 8.9
7.3 January 09, 1957 18.5
4.1 February 01, 1956 10.4
5.1 February 04, 1955 13.0
3.7 March 29, 1954 9.4
4.8 January 20, 1953 12.2
4.0 December 22, 1952 10.2
5.1 December 14, 1951 + 13.0
6.7 February 13, 1950 17.0
9.6 January 27, 1949 24.4
7.2 March 01, 1948 18.3
11.2 January 29, 1947 28.4
3.2 January 19, 1946 8.1
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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