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What is the Average Annual Snowfall in Cleveland?

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What is the Average Annual Snowfall in Cleveland?
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Question: What is the Average Annual Snowfall in Cleveland?

Cleveland is known for her snowy winters, especially early and late in the season when an unfrozen Lake Erie creates buckets of lake effect snow. Just how much snow does Cleveland get each year?

Answer: The answer is not that simple. Snowfall in Northeast Ohio ranges from less than 40" in Sandusky to more than 90" in parts of Geauga and Ashtabula Counties. Below are the NOAA average snowfall statistics, measured at Cleveland Hopkins Airport (for Cleveland) and other area airports from 1950 until 2002.

  • Cleveland - 56.9"
  • Akron - 47.1"
  • Mansfield - 42.4"
  • Youngstown - 55.8"
  • Toledo - 37.1"
In addition, the record snowfall in Cleveland (at the airport) was 117.9" during the 2004/2005 season. The least amount of annual snowfall was 31.1" during the 1957/1958 season.

Recent snowfall amounts (again, at the airport) include 69.5" for 2010/2011, 59.8" for 2009/2010, 80" in 2008/2009 and 77.2" in 2007/2008.

Cleveland is the 41st "snowiest" city in the continental United States, but we don't even come close to number one city, Syracuse, which gets an average of 115.6" of snow each year.

 

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