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Average Snowfall by State: What to Expect this Winter


If early indications are a precursor of things to come, it will be a snowy winter for a large portion of the country. During October, warmer-than-average temperatures resulted in a lack of large-scale snow events throughout most of the nation. That all changed in November, when a crippling cold front gripped the upper half of the U.S. While many communities saw their share of snow, most of the attention went to Buffalo, which endured a lake-effect storm that buried the city in a record-setting seven feet of snow.

snow filled street

According to accuweather.com, numerous other communities could soon share in Buffalo’s troubles. The online weather resource predicts that cold air and high snow amounts will define the season, thanks to a reappearance of the polar vortex, which led to record-shattering temperatures and high snow totals last year. As the large, powerful high pressure system delivers a huge blast of arctic air, countless cities will feel the effect.

Throughout parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, for instance, record snowfall is expected. Farther south, snow events and ice storms should also threaten the southern plains and Tennessee Valley. Higher-than-normal snow totals are also forecasted west of the I-95 corridor; however, the northern plains are expected to see below-normal snowfall, along with inconsistent, back-and-forth temperatures. While the south is expected to escape the deluge of snow, accuweather.com predicts the region will see a wet winter, with at least some severe weather encroaching on Florida.

Expected to arrive in mid-January to early-February, this severe weather isn’t expected to be as persistent as last season. That said, when it does hit, experts predict it will set new snowfall records in several states, including those that aren’t necessarily accustomed to dealing with large amounts of frozen precipitation.

Make sure that your home is prepared to handle any severe weather event, which can cripple municipal operations, damage plumbing, and affect water supplies. A Pelican water filter can help ensure that your family has access to cleaner, healthier water.

Current Snowfall Averages by State (Including D.C.)

  1. 25 inches – Vermont / Population: 625,741
  2. 28 inches – Maine / Population: 1,328,361
  3. 44 inches – New Hampshire / Population: 1,316,470
  4. 30 inches – Colorado / Population: 5,029,196
  5. 46 inches – Alaska / Population: 710,231
  6. 66 inches – Michigan / Population: 9,883,640
  7. 32 inches – New York / Population: 19,378,102
  8. 05 inches – Massachusetts / Population: 6,547,629
  9. 00 inches – Wyoming / Population: 563,626
  10. 79 inches – Wisconsin / Population: 5,686,986
  11. 43 inches – Minnesota / Population: 5,303,925
  12. 99 inches – Utah / Population: 2,763,885
  13. 85 inches – Rhode Island / Population: 1,052,567
  14. 85 inches – Connecticut / Population: 3,574,097
  15. 43 inches – South Dakota / Population: 814,180
  16. 28 inches – Montana / Population: 989,415
  17. 00 inches – North Dakota / Population: 672,591
  18. 49 inches – Idaho / Population: 1,567,582
  19. 84 inches – Pennsylvania / Population: 12,702,379
  20. 27 inches – Iowa / Population: 3,046,355
  21. 12 inches – Nebraska / Population: 1,826,341
  22. 63 inches – Ohio / Population: 11,536,504
  23. 13 inches – West Virginia / Population: 1,852,994
  24. 73 inches – New Jersey / Population: 8,791,894
  25. 74 inches – New Mexico / Population: 2,059,179
  26. 93 inches – Indiana / Population: 6,483,802
  27. 75 inches – Illinois / Population: 12,830,632
  28. 61 inches – Maryland / Population: 5,773,552
  29. 83 inches – Nevada / Population: 2,700,551
  30. 61 inches – District of Columbia / Population: 601,723
  31. 94 inches – Delaware / Population: 897,934
  32. 57 inches – Washington / Population: 6,724,540
  33. 42 inches – Kansas / Population: 2,853,118
  34. 85 inches – Virginia / Population: 8,001,024
  35. 67 inches – Missouri / Population: 5,988,927
  36. 91 inches – Oregon / Population: 3,831,074
  37. 83 inches – Kentucky / Population: 4,339,367
  38. 88 inches – Oklahoma / Population: 3,751,351
  39. 03 inches – North Carolina / Population: 9,535,483
  40. 76 inches – Arizona / Population: 6,392,017
  41. 61 inches – Tennessee / Population: 6,346,105
  42. 04 inches – Arkansas / Population: 2,915,918
  43. 76 inches – California / Population: 37,253,956
  44. 50 inches – South Carolina / Population: 4,625,364
  45. 36 inches – Texas / Population: 25,145,561
  46. 76 inches – Georgia / Population: 9,687,653
  47. 71 inches – Mississippi / Population: 2,967,297
  48. 57 inches – Alabama / Population: 4,779,736
  49. 20 inches – Louisiana / Population: 4,533,372
  50. 01 inches – Florida / Population: 18,801,310
  51. 00 inches – Hawaii / Population: 1,360,301
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