What’s considered average snowfall in Roanoke?

Winter Ready 2021

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It’s getting to that time of year again when the WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team starts to talk more and more about the chance for snow! Meteorologist Sandra Brogan breaks down the numbers for how much snow is typical for a winter season in Roanoke.

Each year, the amount of snowfall observed is usually compared to the average snowfall for an idea of how much or how little snowfall that particular season yielded. The average is calculated using data over a 30 year period, which means the current average of measurement is based on data spanning the years 1991 through 2020.

On average, February is the snowiest month in Roanoke — with an average of 4.8 inches of snowfall — while April and November typically observe the least measurable snowfall.

The average snowfall for the year in Roanoke is 14.8 inches.

Meteorologists usually talk about data calculated during a winter season using the ‘meteorological’ winter season. This is the beginning of December through the end of February.

The meteorological winter season average snowfall for Roanoke, December through February, is 12.3 inches.

The ‘astronomical’ winter season is what most are familiar with because that’s based on the Earth’s tilt and position around the sun. This year’s astronomical winter season for the northern hemisphere begins on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

So, how did last year’s winter season stack up?

Total snowfall for the 2020-2021 winter season was 10.3 inches. This is exactly 2 inches below the average snowfall for Roanoke’s meteorological winter average snowfall.

Meanwhile, the winter season of 2019-2020 was much lower, with just 1.6 inches of snowfall.

If you’ve ever wondered what the all-time most snowfall observed in a single day in Southwest Virginia, you may be surprised to know several places received a foot to nearly 2 feet of snow in just one day!

Whether you’re a snow-lover or not, hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can expect each winter and offers you a glimpse into what’s possible…even if it happens just once.

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