List of snowiest places in the United States by state

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The List of snowiest places in the United States by state shows average annual snowfall totals for the period mid-1985 to mid-2015. Only places in the official climate database of the National Weather Service, a service of NOAA, are included in this list. Some ski resorts and unofficial weather stations report higher amounts of snowfall than places on this list. Official weather stations are usually located in populated places and snowfall statistics for isolated and unpopulated areas are often not recorded.

Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker in Washington State are the snowiest places in the United States which have weather stations, receiving 645 inches (1,640 cm) annually on average. By comparison, the populated place with the highest snowfall in the world is believed to be Sukayu Onsen in the Siberian-facing Japanese Alps. Sukayu Onsen receives 694.5 inches (1,764 cm) (nearly 58 feet) of snow annually. Nearby mountain slopes may receive even more.[1]

The amount of snow received at weather stations varies substantially from year to year. For example, the annual snowfall at Paradise Ranger Station in Mount Rainier National Park has been as little as 266 inches (680 cm) in 2014-2015 and as much as 1,122 inches (2,850 cm) in 1971-1972.[2]

Mount Rainier.
Skiing Mount Washington.
A Chicago snowstorm.
Clearing a highway after a heavy snowfall in Oregon.
A blizzard at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Snow on Mauna Kea. Hawaii.
Weather stations with highest snowfall in the United States by state, 1985-2015
State Place Average annual snowfall[3] elevation[4] coordinates[5] Other snowy areas (limited or unofficial data) and notes
1. Washington Mt. Rainier 645.5 inches (1,640 cm) 5,430 feet (1,660 m) 46°47′N 121°44′W / 46.79°N 121.73°W / 46.79; -121.73 Mt. Baker, 645 inches (1,640 cm) annually.[6]
2. Utah Alta 456.9 inches (1,161 cm) 8,730 feet (2,660 m) 40°36′N 111°38′W / 40.60°N 111.64°W / 40.60; -111.64 Brighton Ski Resort, 411.1 inches (1,044 cm) annually.[7]
3. Oregon Crater Lake 453.4 inches (1,152 cm) 6,470 feet (1,970 m) 42°54′N 122°08′W / 42.90°N 122.13°W / 42.90; -122.13 Timberline Lodge Ski Area, 551 inches (1,400 cm) annually.[8]
4. Alaska Valdez 314.1 inches (798 cm) 95 feet (29 m) 61°08′N 146°21′W / 61.13°N 146.35°W / 61.13; -146.35 Alyeska Resort, 669 inches (1,700 cm) annually.[9]
5. New Hampshire Mt. Washington 282.1 inches (717 cm) 6,270 feet (1,910 m) 44°16′N 71°18′W / 44.27°N 71.30°W / 44.27; -71.30 Elevation of weather station.
6. Colorado Climax 273.8 inches (695 cm) 11,350 feet (3,460 m) 39°22′N 106°11′W / 39.37°N 106.19°W / 39.37; -106.19 Wolf Creek Pass Ski Area. 387 inches (980 cm) annually.[10]
7. Wyoming Burgess Junction 257.8 inches (655 cm) 8,050 feet (2,450 m) 44°46′N 107°31′W / 44.77°N 107.52°W / 44.77; -107.52 Grand Targhee Resort, 500 inches (1,300 cm) annually. [11]
8. New York High Market (West Turin) 214.2 inches (544 cm) 1,816 feet (554 m) 43°21′N 75°15′W / 43.35°N 75.25°W / 43.35; -75.25 Syracuse named snowiest city in U.S., 123.8 inches (314 cm) annually. [12]
8. California Lodgepole 214.2 inches (544 cm) 6,730 feet (2,050 m) 36°36′N 118°44′W / 36.60°N 118.73°W / 36.60; -118.73 Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, 500 inches (1,300 cm) annually.[13]
10. Michigan Herman 214 inches (540 cm) 1,667 feet (508 m) 46°40′N 88°22′W / 46.67°N 88.37°W / 46.67; -88.37
11. Vermont Mt. Mansfield 211.9 inches (538 cm) 3,866 feet (1,178 m) 44°32′N 72°49′W / 44.53°N 72.82°W / 44.53; -72.82 Elevation of weather station.
12. Idaho Island Park 211.8 inches (538 cm) 6,298 feet (1,920 m) 44°25′N 111°22′W / 44.42°N 111.37°W / 44.42; -111.37 Lookout Pass, 400 inches (1,000 cm) annually.[14]
13. South Dakota near Lead 195.9 inches (498 cm) 6,120 feet (1,870 m) 44°14′N 103°48′W / 44.24°N 103.80°W / 44.24; -103.80
14. Montana Mystic Lake 184.3 inches (468 cm) 6,560 feet (2,000 m) 45°14′N 109°44′W / 45.24°N 109.73°W / 45.24; -109.73 Cooke City, 200.7 inches (510 cm) annually.[15]
15. West Virginia Terra Alta 175.0 inches (444 cm) 2,582 feet (787 m) 39°27′N 79°33′W / 39.45°N 79.55°W / 39.45; -79.55
16. Wisconsin Hurley 162.2 inches (412 cm) 1,500 feet (460 m) 46°27′N 90°11′W / 46.45°N 90.19°W / 46.45; -90.19
17. New Mexico Red River 151.1 inches (384 cm) 8,661 feet (2,640 m) 36°43′N 105°25′W / 36.71°N 105.41°W / 36.71; -105.41 Taos Ski Valley, 300 inches (760 cm)[16]
18. Maine Eustis 123.8 inches (314 cm) 1,163 feet (354 m) 45°08′N 70°26′W / 45.14°N 70.44°W / 45.14; -70.44
19. Arizona Brigbt Angel Ranger Station 118.4 inches (301 cm) 8,320 feet (2,540 m) 36°13′N 112°04′W / 36.21°N 112.06°W / 36.21; -112.06
20. Nevada Wild Horse Reservoir 118.2 inches (300 cm) 6,265 feet (1,910 m) 41°40′N 115°48′W / 41.67°N 115.80°W / 41.67; -115.80
21. Maryland Oakland 105.9 inches (8.83 ft) 2,408 feet (734 m) 39°25′N 79°25′W / 39.41°N 79.41°W / 39.41; -79.41
22. Ohio Chardon 109.2 inches (277 cm) 1,291 feet (393 m) 41°35′N 81°12′W / 41.58°N 81.20°W / 41.58; -81.20
23. Pennsylvania Erie 103.0 inches (262 cm) 650 feet (200 m) 42°08′N 80°05′W / 42.13°N 80.08°W / 42.13; -80.08
24. North Carolina Mt. Mitchell 90.6 inches (230 cm) 6,684 feet (2,037 m) 35°46′N 82°16′W / 35.76°N 82.27°W / 35.76; -82.27
25. Minnesota Duluth 86.5 inches (220 cm) 651 feet (198 m) 46°47′N 42°06′W / 46.79°N 42.10°W / 46.79; -42.10
26. Tennessee Mt. Le Conte 82.9 inches (211 cm) 6,345 feet (1,934 m) 35°40′N 83°26′W / 35.66°N 83.44°W / 35.66; -83.44
27. Connecticut Norfolk 77 inches (200 cm) 1,167 feet (356 m) 41°59′N 73°12′W / 41.99°N 73.20°W / 41.99; -73.20
28. Massachusetts Ashburnham 75.1 inches (191 cm) 1,028 feet (313 m) 42°38′N 71°55′W / 42.64°N 71.91°W / 42.64; -71.91
29. Indiana South Bend 66.8 inches (170 cm) 752 feet (229 m) 41°41′N 86°15′W / 41.68°N 86.25°W / 41.68; -86.25
30. Rhode Island North Foster 60.4 inches (153 cm) 707 feet (215 m) 41°51′N 71°46′W / 41.85°N 71.76°W / 41.85; -71.76
31. Virginia Wise 52.7 inches (134 cm) 2,436 feet (742 m) 36°59′N 82°35′W / 36.98°N 82.58°W / 36.98; -82.58
32. North Dakota Fargo 51.6 inches (131 cm) 903 feet (275 m) 46°53′N 96°47′W / 46.88°N 96.79°W / 46.88; -96.79
33. Nebraska Harrisburg 46.5 inches (118 cm) 4,492 feet (1,369 m) 41°34′N 103°44′W / 41.56°N 103.74°W / 41.56; -103.74
34. Iowa Dubuque 42.5 inches (108 cm) 708 feet (216 m) 42°30′N 90°40′W / 42.50°N 90.66°W / 42.50; -90.66
35. New Jersey Sussex 41.2 inches (105 cm) 500 feet (150 m) 46°13′N 74°37′W / 46.21°N 74.61°W / 46.21; -74.61
36. Illinois Chicago 38.5 inches (98 cm) 858 feet (262 m) 41°53′N 87°38′W / 41.88°N 87.63°W / 41.88; -87.63
37. Kansas McDonald 37.6 inches (96 cm) 3,364 feet (1,025 m) 39°47′N 101°22′W / 39.78°N 101.37°W / 39.78; -101.37
38. Kentucky Closplint 31.7 inches (81 cm) 1,551 feet (473 m) 36°54′N 83°04′W / 36.90°N 83.07°W / 36.90; -83.07
39. Oklahoma Boise City 30.8 inches (78 cm) 4,175 feet (1,273 m) 36°44′N 102°31′W / 36.73°N 102.51°W / 36.73; -102.51
40. Missouri Edina 22.0 inches (56 cm) 795 feet (242 m) 40°10′N 92°10′W / 40.17°N 92.17°W / 40.17; -92.17
41. Delaware Wilmington 21.9 inches (56 cm) 114 feet (35 m) 39°14′N 75°33′W / 39.24°N 75.55°W / 39.24; -75.55
42. Texas Stratford 20.2 inches (51 cm) 3,699 feet (1,127 m) 36°20′N 102°04′W / 36.34°N 102.07°W / 36.34; -102.07
43. Arkansas Gravette 16.0 inches (41 cm) 1,211 feet (369 m) 36°25′N 94°57′W / 36.42°N 94.95°W / 36.42; -94.95
44. South Carolina Caesar's Head 7.2 inches (18 cm) 3,180 feet (970 m) 35°07′N 82°38′W / 35.11°N 82.63°W / 35.11; -82.63 Elevation of weather station
45. Alabama Valley Head 6.1 inches (15 cm) 1,043 feet (318 m) 34°34′N 85°37′W / 34.56°N 85.61°W / 34.56; -85.61
46. Georgia Dallas 3.8 inches (9.7 cm) 994 feet (303 m) 33°56′N 84°50′W / 33.93°N 84.84°W / 33.93; -84.84 Highest peaks in Appalachian Mountains get ca. 35 inches (89 cm) annually.[17]
47. Mississippi Hickory Flat 2.9 inches (7.4 cm) 435 feet (133 m) 34°37′N 89°11′W / 34.62°N 89.19°W / 34.62; -89.19
48. Louisiana Shreveport 0.8 inches (2.0 cm) 225 feet (69 m) 32°31′N 93°45′W / 32.51°N 93.75°W / 32.51; -93.75
49. Florida Milton 0.2 inches (0.51 cm) 9 feet (2.7 m) 30°38′N 87°02′W / 30.63°N 87.04°W / 30.63; -87.04
50. Hawaii -- 0.0 inches (0 cm) -- -- Occasional snow above 6,200 feet (1,900 m) elevation.[18]

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