Current Top 25 Snowiest US Cities

  • 3/4/15  11:00 AM – ALL OF THE TOP 25 CITIES WERE UPDATED!

    Updated -First things first As always! I want to say Thank You to Karen S. for your generous donation to the snow site. I do truly appreciate you taking the time Karen and Thanks again :)

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    NOTE – We are still missing some of the US cities over 100,000 and we will add them as we find them..

    The first number is the current spot the city is on the snow mountain. The second number is where the city was at the end of the last update. We will be switching it to how the city started this season and then the current updated place as the cities receive snowfall totals.

    This is where the Top Twenty Five Snowiest US Cities leading so far in the new Golden Snow Globe Contest will be updated. Does your city have what it takes to stay in the top 25. All of the cities will be on a rolling system with only the top ten snowiest cities here on the main page. That meaning that if your city is number 25 and another city passes yours, poof, your city is gone from this section. Can your city stay in the top twenty five is the question?  Our guess is that there will be some bouncing around especially at the beginning of the 2014 – 2015 snow season. Good Luck to All the Golden Snow Globe Cities.

    The 2014 – 2015 Snowiest City in the US (population 100,000 +)

    Some of the Top 25 Snowiest Cities in the
    United States 2014-2015 Snow Season Updated 3/4/2015

    Now & 2/28

    US States
     and Cities

     2010 City
    Population

    2014 – 2015
    Snowfall Totals

    Last Season at This Time

    1-2 Worcester, Mass

    181,045

    115.6

    80.9

    2-1 *

    *
    Lowell, MA

    106,519

    113.6

    ???

    3-3 Syracuse, New York

    145,170

    110.9

    114.1

    4-4 Buffalo, New York

    261,310

    108.2

    106.4

    5-5 Boston, Mass

    617,594

    105.7

    56.4

    6-6 Erie, Pennsylvania

    101,786

    104.0

    122.9

    7-7 Rochester, New York

    210,565

    92.4

    84.2

    8-8 South Bend, Indiana

    101.168

    79.3

    96.3

    9-9 Grand Rapids, Michigan

    188,040

    77.9

    110.7

    10-10 Lakewood, Colorado

    142,980

    67.7

    ???

    11-12 Providence, Rhode Island

    178,042

    67.2

    42.2

    12-11 Cleveland, Ohio

    396,815

    65.9

    72.5

    13-13 Hartford, Connecticut

    124,775

    59.3

    50.1

    14-14 Akron, Ohio

    199,110

    58.8

    61.9

    15-15 Ann Arbor, Michigan

    113,934

    51.3

    ???

    16-17 Detroit, Michigan

    713,777

    47.5

    83.8

    17-16 Denver, Colorado

    600,158

    47.5

    ???

    18-20 Bridgeport, Connecticut

    144,229

    47.3

    56.5

    19-18 Billings, Montana

    104,170

    47.2

    91.5

    20-23 Toledo, Ohio

    287,208

    44.6

    76.5

    21-19 Chicago, Illinois

    2,695,598

    44.3

    73.4

    22-22 Flint, Michigan

    102,434

    43.9

    77.3

    23-25 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    594,833

    41.5

    59.5

    24-21 Colorado Springs, Colorado

    416,427

    41.5

    24.4

    25-26 Pittsburgh,
    Pa

    305,704

    41.5

    60.8


775 thoughts on “Current Top 25 Snowiest US Cities

  1. Well well well, it is amazing how many people on here try to ignore Worcester or try to qualify the totals by mentioning ” towns” outside of the city. It is also humorous all the talk about Boston. Well folks, we here in Worcester know better. We get big storms and small events. Due to our elevation, 1006′, most of the time in the winter our precipitation is snow. Our little brother to the Northeast, Lowell MA, also is enjoying a lot of snow this year too. To those in the Cuse, or Buffalo, or Erie, or even Anchorage, Worcester is not only in the club (vs Boston), we are now hiring the bouncers. Btw,?we are expecting several snow events over the next few days and we picked a few more inches up last night. Lol

    • Lol Bill and it’s on now :) Here come Da’Cuse… Well if the NWS would stop making adjustments to our snow totals then here comes Da’Cuse ;)

    • I don’t think it will happen Glenn. It looks like parts of Mass may get up to 8 inches overnight. I’m loving how we have so many cities still in the running though :)

  2. City of Fulton, NY (pop. well under 100k) thirty miles NW of Cuse has 182 inches so far. So Redfield even further N must have nearly 300 inches!!! Ontario Lake Effect machine. Wonder what Oswego has??? Lots of bursted water pipes and frozen lines we hear…

  3. Know this is US national snow contest but I spent some time in Japan in the military northern part of island which weather is like our northern states Sapporo a city of 1 million gets 200 inches on average more than Syracuse and Buffalo on their biggest totals ever and I think the Gentleman who commented on Boston Tom I believe is right that city has had 4 major storms two of them blizzards in three weeks with streets that haven’t changed a lot since Paul Revere Syracuse only been getting a few inches here and there been in Upstate NY all my life haven’t seen Syr get any big ones long time

    • Hi Tommy, Snow is snow. This contest is for the most snow in the US. And as far as Boston they won’t get much more than they already have. As far as only getting a few inches here and there, we get more snow on average than any other metro city in the US. Its funny
      How just because somebody gets a storm they feel oh we should win the contest. Guess we should all stop measuring and just give it to Boston, NOT.
      If they have more than Syracuse in the end congrats, but I doubt that will happen. We have one of the best snow machines around. Even if it only gives us a few inches here and there. Remember the tortoise and the hare, just like Boston the hare started fast. But in the end the tortoise, won. Syracuse is slow and steady.

      • Um, how easy to ignore Worcester MA, which has had snow as late as May and is on pace to challenge our record of 131″. Btw, we are approx 40 miles west of Boston.

    • I’ve seen that about sapporo on tv downhill ski racing and know they held the winter olympics their in 1972, my question is though are they measuring those totals in the city itself at 95 feet elevation or are they measuring up in elevation a bit out of the city limits? If you notice roof top pic’s of the city of sapporo in winter time with all them flat roofed buildings, they hardley have any snow on them, 200+ inches in winter time in a city like that would do some damage on them roofs or huge monster icicles hanging off them buildings. I’ve been in ogden utah where they boast huge snow totals, but the town itself sees maybe 50 inches, same with aspen colorado, they avg. 200+ but the town itself below the mountain line can’t hold a candle to the town of oswego new york as far as gnarleyness! so somebody show me whats what, cause I can’t picture a city that size with all them buildings get that much snow, 200 inches is a shit ton of snow, its gotta be outside the city limits heading up into the mountains.

  4. Springfield, Ma has 56 ” of snow this year … pop is 153,703. It tends to track lower than Albany NY and Pittsfield, MA higher than Hartford, CT

    • Nils, I’m curious where you saw that total for Springfield, MA??? Maybe I am missing something. I know the Now Data on the National Weather Service has been messing up lately and I can’t even pull up the totals for Springfield, MA. Brings me to a different city :( If they are at that total (Official NWS) and the pop checks out I will add them in :) Send me a link please …

      • Hi Nils, Thanks for the link unfortunately it’s wayyyy over my head and No, I don’t have a better link. What surprises me is that there aren’t more weather stations set up in or around the bigger cities with a population of 100,00 or more. I know that last season I had to pull South Bend, Indiana out of the contest because the airport stopped keeping track for the NWS that handles that city. They even put out an SOS pretty much to try and get a group or person to take over but couldn’t get anyone to do it. I’m guessing that is the reason why some of the bigger cities don’t have a station taking measurements :( I need to make a call to the Taunton NWS office in the next couple of days and I’ll bring it up and see what they have to say or maybe they have something we are missing.

        I believe it was you who made a more than generous donation to the snow site today or last night. I want to personally Thank You for that. The snow site has been pretty much full time (and then some) a good part of this season and that helps big time. I’ve pretty much put on hold most of my product websites for the time being, at least while it’s snowing :) Thanks again so much Nils ;)

  5. Hey, look who moved into second place soon to be first. Must be lake Erie is now frozen and buffalo is trying to use snow totals from out lying areas to bolster there total. Hey you can always still use your snow to keep your beer cold.

  6. I remember Patrick (I think it was him) posted this last year and I thought I might as well share it with everyone that hasn’t seen it yet. It’s a bit irrelevant since us Erieites aren’t in first anymore, but here it is nonetheless.

    Dear Diary

    August 12th – Moved to our new home in Erie, PA. It is so beautiful here. The mountains are so majestic, can hardly wait to see snow covering them.

    October 14th – Erie, PA is the most beautiful place on earth. The leaves are all turned colors with shades of red and orange. Went for a ride through the beautiful mountains and saw some deer. They were so graceful. Certainly they are the most wonderful animal on earth. This must be paradise. I love it here.

    November 11th – Deer season will start soon. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to kill such a gorgeous creature. Hope it will snow soon.

    December 2nd – It snowed last night. Woke up to find everything blanketed with white snow. It looks like a postcard. We went outside and cleaned the snow off the steps and shoveled the driveway. We had a snowball fight (I won) and when the snowplow came by, we had to shovel the driveway again. What a beautiful place, I love Erie, PA.

    December 12th – More snow last night. I love it. The snowplow did his trick again to the driveway. I love it here in Erie, PA.

    December 19th – More snow last night. I couldn’t get out of the driveway to get to work. I am exhausted from shoveling. Dumb snowplow.

    December 22nd – More STUPID snow last night. I’ve got blisters on my hands from shoveling and I think the snowplow hides around the curve and waits until I’m done shoveling the driveway. The JERK!

    December 25th – Merry Christmas. More STUPID snow! If I ever get my hands on that STUPID JERK who drives the snowplow, I swear I’ll kill the driver. Don’t know why they don’t use more salt on the roads to melt the darn ice.

    December 27th – More snow fell last night. I’ve been inside for three days except for shoveling out the driveway after that snowplow goes through. Can’t go anywhere; car’s stuck in a mountain of snow. The weatherman says to expect another 10″ of snow again tonight. Do you know how many shovels full of snow 10″ is?

    December 28th – The darned weatherman was wrong again! We got 34″ of snow this time. At this rate it won’t melt before the summer. The snowplow got stuck in the road and that STUPID JERK had the nerve to come to the door and ask to borrow my shovel. After I told him I had broken six shovels already shoveling all the snow he pushed into the driveway, I broke my last one over his STUPID head!

    January 4th – Finally got out of the house today. Went to the store to get some food and on the way back a darned deer ran in front of the car and I hit it. It did about $3000.00 dollars worth of damage to the car. Those beasts should be killed. Wish the hunters would have gotten them all last November.

    May 3rd – Took the car to the garage in town. Would you believe the thing is rusting out from the STUPID salt they put all over the roads.

    May 10th – Moved to Florida. I can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would ever live in that god forsaken city of Erie, PA.

  7. If these measurements were done right it wouldn’t even be close with Buffalo blowing away everyone else by ver 100 inches. Cheektowaga ( where the airport is ) isn’t Buffalo.

    Also where is Springfield?

    • Randell, which Springfield are you talking about? There are at least a couple and probably more. Through the season(s) I have had about 25 other cities in the contest. Because of the time it takes to do updates I narrowed it down a little. Normally a couple hours now for each update on the snow contests not counting the blogging part, answering emails, comment and researching stuff. Lately it’s been 10 – 12 hours a day, longer if there are storms. I had no choice. Anyways I do check the cities from time to time to see how they are doing. At this time in the season if I see one that will break into the Top 25 I will add them back in. The cities below are kind of spread out for different areas and in the contest for a couple of other reasons..

      I did just look at the cities that have been pulled through the seasons yesterday. If you are talking about Springfield, Illinois they were at 24.5 and the normal snowfall for them at this time in the season is 16.9.

      If you are talking about Springfield, Missouri they are at 10.4 as of the same date above. I did was thinking about adding Springfield, IL back in and also Columbus, OH which has the highest of the cities dropped with 27.8 inches. Right now there are probably 50 plus cities that could be on the list but like I mentioned it’s more of a time thing than anything else. I do keep checking those cities and as I mentioned, if they make it to the Top 25 I will be more than happy to add them back in. When I get a chance I post all of the cities that have been dropped this season and in previous seasons…

      BTW, when I dropped Springfield, IL and I don’t remember when unfortunately, they were only at 7.3 inches…

      • Probably the snowiest of the Springfields is Springfield MA, which is 100K+ pop. They share an airport with Hartford CT, so might be the same snowfall as there.

    • But if it (the airport) received the 7′ you would be saying it is, so move your measuring station to say …mmmmmm SYRACUSE. Then you might win.

      • Hi, just because the villages and towns south east of Buffalo get the snow does not mean buffalo the city got the snow. If we want to play that game then the snow belt and I mean the real snow belt is just to the north of Syracuse about the same distance as those towns and villages are from Buffalo. We could easily double Syracuse’s totals now.we are only talking a ten to fifteen minute drive from the airport. So even though they received a lot of snow the snow the city received counts.

      • Nah, Buffalo gets all the press but rarely gets any real snowfall (96 inch average? that is wimpy). Every once in a while they get a couple big storms, but as others have noted if we counted the Tug hill as part of Syracuse or Oswego then they would be kings every year. All we can go by is the official numbers. Yes, I am in Syracuse, but if we could get Albany’s averages and lose the snowball then I would be a far happier person this time of year!

  8. I guess you cant put professionals next to amatures. Here in northern Michigan we have 200+ inches (Look up the snowmometer for the Keewanaw). Our all time high was just shy of 400 inches, or about 33 feet

    • Same thing over this way Abby Wilson, Redfield New York just north of Syracuse in Oswego County on the Tug Hill went over the 200 inch mark in the first week of February and thats below par for them, they had 383 inches last season which was 40 inches more than they had up in the Keweenaw last winter, and their all time season high was 420 inches of snow. Highest ever recorded on the Tug Hill was up in Hooker where they measured 466.9 inches, The Tug Hill Plateau is the Super Bowl of Snow, just north of the ‘Cuse!!!

    • Yeah, you pros can keep all this snow. Those of us here in Mass would just as soon be at the bottom of the list. Boston is an absolute nightmare this winter. Of course, our population density is pretty intense. You guys don’t have a city that millions of people (by which I mean angry, aggressive monsters) commute in and out of every day.

    • Hi, the population for the whole county there is 43,000.
      This contest is for cities of more than 100,000, so you are not eligible. Sorry.

  9. Measurements are all about location, location, location. Head 20 minutes north of the Syracuse airport and you can essentially double the snow totals. Head to Redfield and you can pretty much multiple the Syracuse numbers by pi.

    • …and head 10 minutes south of the Buffalo measurements and you would tack on an addition 7 feet of snow. That’s how it goes.

      • Actually it would be under 5 minutes south/east…I live under 5 minutes from the airport and we got 7 feet, the airport got 6.7 inches…

        Half the city of Buffalo got 7 feet of snow as well, so the total is pretty misleading, as in this instance, the majority of the snow fell in Buffalo and the immediate suburbs, NOT the Southtowns 20 or 30 minutes away…

      • Hi,
        You could move your measuring station, BUT when the next lake effect finger dumps 7′ to the north suburbs. The measurement to the south will be the one that counts. So either way buffalo still comes up short or did I say wide right?

    • @ John Wayne,
      Caribou – 106.0 inches
      Bangor – 104.3
      Bridgewater 105.5
      Portland – 85.6
      Concord – 81.4
      Rangeley – 106.2 in the mountains, seasonal avg, 200 inches, got an old navy buddy up in there.
      Mt. Washington NH 220.3 – had to throw that baby in there!

      • Impressive totals for Maine, but no cities close to 100K population….Portland is biggest at 60+K

  10. Rochester NY snowfall has been butchered by the FAA contract employee. Our data has been compromised. All local Mets. agree. It’s a shame a city that prides itself in it’s snowfall can’t have accurate measurements. This is the second year in a row our snowfall wasn’t recorded correctly. The rest of the area has received at least another 12″

    • I have no problem believing this info. There have been multiple days where we get a significant accumulation and the reporting (Which I check every day) do NOT accurately represent the snowfall. I am not far enough from the airport to explain this.

      • If its lake effect snow, one mile makes a big difference in snow totals. Wind direction determines who gets it. I’m only a few miles from our airport in Syracuse and I know I’ve received more snow than they are reporting here, but their measurements count.

      • Good point. Not to mention the fact that it has been so cold lately that the snow is dry and crystalline and the wind has been intense so it has been very difficult to take accurate measurements. I live north of Syracuse, just south of the Tug Hill plateau, and we average 179 inches a year, 64 inches more a year than Syracuse despite the fact that I am only about 22 miles from the airport where the readings are taken. Even more drastic, there is a “line” that you cross about 12 miles away from where I live that sits on the very edge of the typical lake snow band area. Despite the fact that there is only 12 miles distance, that area gets about 40 inches less than us on average. So, like Believer pointed out, with lake effect snow being the primary culprit, there can be drastic differences in the amount of snow reported between two areas that are only miles apart.

      • Hi Z,
        Your in another world up there. Your snow totals are insane. Its funny when you have to use a snow blower to clear your roof. I go up there frequently.

      • Z,
        That comment about the cold dry air is also a good point. Had it been a little warmer our typical lake effect would give us much higher snow measurements. Just think we are on the verge of climbing to the top if the snow mountain, even though all we’ve had is this fine snow.

    • True, lake effect can be quite different in measuring by just a short distance. This year however, here in Syracuse, have not had much lake effect, as the wind direction wasn’t in a favorable direction. Most of what we’ve received this season, is synoptic, which comes from low pressure and clipper systems (and why we are not at 130 inches, we lacked lake effect this year)….

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