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Introduction

Snowfall in the United States is a very diverse phenomenon that occurs across all regions of the country. From east to west and north to south, snowfall varies widely depending on the location and time of year. In mountainous areas such as the Rockies in Colorado, snowfall can reach several feet deep, while in some parts of Florida and Texas, snow may fall only rarely. In northern states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, heavy snowfall amounts can occur from December through March creating dangerous icy road conditions. Further south in states like Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina a mix of rain and snow is more common with lighter accumulations than further north. The amount of snow that falls each year also depends on elevation: higher elevations receive more snow than lower elevations because cold air sinks down from the atmosphere into the valleys below. Furthermore, global warming has had an effect on overall US snowfall patterns leading to reduced snowfall in some areas while increased accumulation in other parts of the country.

#StateAverage Annual SnowfallAverage TemperatureHumidity LevelsAverage Annual Sunlight
1New Hampshire174.35 in46.9 °F80%3,891 kJ/m²
2Maine92 in44.9 °F78.5%3,815 kJ/m²
3Vermont80.2 in45.7 °F76%3,826 kJ/m²
4Alaska79.6 in30.7 °F79%
5Wyoming77.33 in43.9 °F63.75%4,471 kJ/m²
6Michigan70.38 in46.7 °F82.38%4,018 kJ/m²
7New York61.21 in48.2 °F76.44%3,904 kJ/m²
8Utah58.2 in51.3 °F63%4,887 kJ/m²
9Minnesota57.76 in42.5 °F82.2%3,968 kJ/m²
10Massachusetts57.67 in51.8 °F74.67%3,944 kJ/m²
11Montana49.81 in44.6 °F69.71%3,847 kJ/m²
12Wisconsin46.23 in45 °F81.75%4,023 kJ/m²
13West Virginia44.17 in54 °F83.5%4,146 kJ/m²
14North Dakota43.4 in42.4 °F81.5%3,925 kJ/m²
15Pennsylvania42.24 in51.4 °F78.14%3,939 kJ/m²
16Ohio40.4 in53.5 °F81.13%4,139 kJ/m²
17South Dakota39.83 in47.9 °F79.25%4,332 kJ/m²
18Connecticut38.85 in52.5 °F75.5%3,988 kJ/m²
19Iowa36.17 in49.9 °F82.5%4,331 kJ/m²
20Colorado36 in47.9 °F59.2%4,960 kJ/m²
21Rhode Island36 in53.5 °F75%3,989 kJ/m²
22Indiana33.25 in54 °F82%4,318 kJ/m²
23Nebraska31.19 in52 °F79.86%4,685 kJ/m²
24Illinois31.12 in54 °F82%4,380 kJ/m²
25Arizona29.53 in62.9 °F52.25%5,755 kJ/m²
26Nevada27.92 in53.4 °F56.6%5,296 kJ/m²
27Idaho25.17 in45.3 °F67%4,251 kJ/m²
28New Jersey23.9 in56 °F76%4,056 kJ/m²
29Kansas21.48 in57.4 °F78.6%4,890 kJ/m²
30Delaware20.6 in58 °F78%4,232 kJ/m²
31Washington20.18 in49 °F79.33%3,467 kJ/m²
32Maryland19.7 in57.5 °F77%4,267 kJ/m²
33Missouri18.55 in57 °F82.25%4,545 kJ/m²
34Kentucky16.35 in58.1 °F81%4,383 kJ/m²
35New Mexico13.73 in56.2 °F57.33%5,642 kJ/m²
36Virginia13.12 in58 °F78.6%4,354 kJ/m²
37Oklahoma8.9 in62.8 °F80.5%4,912 kJ/m²
38Oregon8.82 in49.9 °F78%3,830 kJ/m²
39Tennessee7.92 in60.1 °F83.8%4,486 kJ/m²
40North Carolina5.88 in61.7 °F82.83%4,466 kJ/m²
41Arkansas4.95 in62.8 °F84.5%4,724 kJ/m²
42South Carolina3.4 in65.4 °F82.5%4,624 kJ/m²
43Texas2.88 in68 °F79.83%5,137 kJ/m²
44Alabama1.5 in65.4 °F85.75%4,660 kJ/m²
45Mississippi1.3 in66.1 °F88.67%4,693 kJ/m²
46Georgia1.13 in66.2 °F84.83%4,661 kJ/m²
47California0.88 in61.7 °F67.77%5,050 kJ/m²
48Louisiana0.48 in68.5 °F88.25%4,725 kJ/m²
49Florida0.01 in73.4 °F85.58%4,859 kJ/m²
50Hawaii0 in77.5%

Snowiest States

The United States of America is home to some of the snowiest places on the planet – its ten snowiest states being New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Michigan, New York, Utah, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. The snowiest state of all is New Hampshire, which gets an average of 174.35 inches of snow each year. This is followed by Maine, which gets 92 inches annually and Vermont, with 80.2 inches. Alaska and Wyoming come next, with 79.6 and 77.33 inches respectively. Michigan also makes it into the top five snowiest states in the US, with 70.38 inches falling yearly in certain areas of the state. New York follows closely behind at 61.21 inches per year, before Utah and Minnesota come in with 58.2 and 57.76 inches respectively. Finally, Massachusetts rounds off this ranking list with a total average snowfall amounting to 57.67 inches each year.

Snowiest States in the US

1. New Hampshire – 174.35 inches
2. Maine – 92 inches
3. Vermont – 80.2 inches
4. Alaska – 79.6 inches
5. Wyoming – 77.33 inches
6. Michigan – 70.38 inches
7. New York – 61.21 inches
8. Utah – 58.2 inches
9. Minnesota – 57.76 inches
10. Massachusetts – 57.67 inches

Snowiest State in the US

New Hampshire is the snowiest state in the US and boasts an average annual snowfall of 174.35 inches. This makes it the perfect location for snow-lovers, winter sports enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurers alike to experience all that winter has to offer. The White Mountains region of New Hampshire is known for getting particularly high levels of snow with totals reaching up to 260 inches in a single season. This area also provides some of the best skiing and snowmobiling opportunities around due to its terrain and elevation. With so much powdery white stuff falling from the skies, New Hampshire offers plenty of opportunities for people to get out and enjoy winter activities such as sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling and more. In fact, New Hampshire is known for having some of the best ski slopes in the country.

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Alabama

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1.5 in

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85.75%

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4,660 kJ/m²

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Alaska

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79.6 in

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Arizona

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29.53 in

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52.25%

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5,755 kJ/m²

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Arkansas

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4.95 in

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4,724 kJ/m²

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California

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0.88 in

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67.77%

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5,050 kJ/m²

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Colorado

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36 in

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4,960 kJ/m²

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Connecticut

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38.85 in

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3,988 kJ/m²

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Delaware

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20.6 in

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4,232 kJ/m²

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Florida

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0.01 in

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85.58%

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4,859 kJ/m²

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Georgia

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1.13 in

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84.83%

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4,661 kJ/m²

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Hawaii

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0 in

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Idaho

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25.17 in

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4,251 kJ/m²

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Illinois

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31.12 in

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4,380 kJ/m²

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Indiana

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33.25 in

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4,318 kJ/m²

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Iowa

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36.17 in

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4,331 kJ/m²

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Kansas

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21.48 in

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4,890 kJ/m²

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Kentucky

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16.35 in

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4,383 kJ/m²

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Louisiana

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0.48 in

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88.25%

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4,725 kJ/m²

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Maine

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92 in

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3,815 kJ/m²

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Maryland

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19.7 in

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4,267 kJ/m²

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Massachusetts

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57.67 in

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74.67%

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3,944 kJ/m²

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Michigan

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70.38 in

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82.38%

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4,018 kJ/m²

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Minnesota

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57.76 in

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3,968 kJ/m²

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Mississippi

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1.3 in

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88.67%

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4,693 kJ/m²

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Missouri

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18.55 in

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82.25%

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4,545 kJ/m²

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Montana

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49.81 in

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69.71%

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3,847 kJ/m²

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Nebraska

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31.19 in

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79.86%

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4,685 kJ/m²

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Nevada

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27.92 in

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5,296 kJ/m²

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New Hampshire

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174.35 in

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3,891 kJ/m²

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New Jersey

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23.9 in

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4,056 kJ/m²

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New Mexico

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13.73 in

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57.33%

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5,642 kJ/m²

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New York

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61.21 in

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76.44%

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3,904 kJ/m²

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North Carolina

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5.88 in

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82.83%

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4,466 kJ/m²

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North Dakota

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43.4 in

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3,925 kJ/m²

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Ohio

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40.4 in

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81.13%

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4,139 kJ/m²

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Oklahoma

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8.9 in

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4,912 kJ/m²

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Oregon

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8.82 in

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3,830 kJ/m²

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Pennsylvania

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42.24 in

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78.14%

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3,939 kJ/m²

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Rhode Island

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36 in

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3,989 kJ/m²

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South Carolina

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3.4 in

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4,624 kJ/m²

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South Dakota

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39.83 in

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79.25%

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4,332 kJ/m²

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Tennessee

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7.92 in

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4,486 kJ/m²

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Texas

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2.88 in

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79.83%

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5,137 kJ/m²

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Utah

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58.2 in

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4,887 kJ/m²

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Vermont

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80.2 in

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3,826 kJ/m²

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Virginia

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13.12 in

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Washington

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20.18 in

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79.33%

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3,467 kJ/m²

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West Virginia

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44.17 in

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Wisconsin

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46.23 in

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81.75%

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4,023 kJ/m²

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Wyoming

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77.33 in

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63.75%

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FAQs

What state gets the most snow ?

The snowiest state in the US is New Hampshire, with an average annual snowfall of 174.35 inches.

What are the snowiest states ?

The states that get the most snow are New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Michigan, New York, Utah, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.

What are the top 10 snowiest states?

1. New Hampshire – 174.35 inches
2. Maine – 92 inches
3. Vermont – 80.2 inches
4. Alaska – 79.6 inches
5. Wyoming – 77.33 inches
6. Michigan – 70.38 inches
7. New York – 61.21 inches
8. Utah – 58.2 inches
9. Minnesota – 57.76 inches
10. Massachusetts – 57.67 inches

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