White Christmas

25 Snowiest Cities in America, from Detroit to Rochester

The Daily Beast figures out which major cities have seen the most snow in the last year.

Clockwise from top left: AP Photo (2), Getty Images (2)

Clockwise from top left: AP Photo (2), Getty Images (2)

Total snowfall has dropped in recent years, as average winter temperatures have increased—but you can’t keep a good blizzard down. Just in time for the brunt of holiday travel, a snowstorm descended on the Midwest yesterday, promising up to 12 inches of snow for the middle states.

 

To rank the snowiest cities in the U.S., The Daily Beast considered average snowfall per month during the winter months of the last year (December 2011–March 2012 and to date December 2012) of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Data on the number of days per month during that period with a maximum and minimum temperature equal or less than 32 degrees was used for a tie breaker.

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25. Boise, Idaho

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 1.92

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 0

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 17.8

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24. Indianapolis, Indiana

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 1.92

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 2.2

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 15

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23. Seattle, Washington

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 2.22

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 0.4

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 6.2

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22. Columbus, Ohio

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 2.44

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 2.4

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 14.8

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21. Toledo, Ohio

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 3.88

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.6

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 19.6

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20. Chicago, Illinois

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 3.96

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.4

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 18.4

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19. Lincoln, Nebraska

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 4.048

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.8

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 22.6

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18. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 4.12

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 2.8

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 23.2

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17. Omaha, Nebraska

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 4.56

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 4.8

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 21

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16. Salt Lake City, Utah

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 4.62

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 1.8

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 19

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15. Des Moines, Iowa

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 4.72

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 4.2

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 19.4

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14. Detroit, Michigan

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 5.08

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.2

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 18.4

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13. Fort Wayne, Indiana

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 5.6

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.2

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 18.4

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12. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 6

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 4.2

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 18.8

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11. Akron, Ohio

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 6.16

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.8

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 18

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10. St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 6.22

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 9.6

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 22.2

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9. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 7.06

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 2.2

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 17

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8. Buffalo, New York

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 7.2

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.4

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 18

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7. Madison, Wisconsin

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 7.44

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 5.6

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 20.6

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6. Cleveland, Ohio

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 7.48

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.2

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 15.6

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5. Spokane, Washington

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 8.06

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 6.2

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 23.2

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4. Denver, Colorado

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 8.84

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.8

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 23.2

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3. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 10.38

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.6

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 18.4

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2. Rochester, New York

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 11.38

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 3.8

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 19

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1. Anchorage, Alaska

Avg. snowfall per winter month (inches): 21.94

Avg. days with max. temp. ≤ 32° per winter month: 20.8

Avg. days with min. temp. ≤  32° per winter month: 28