Places With the Biggest Snowfall in History in Every State

March 2, 2019 by Steven M. Peters

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, right? But for how long, though? One foot of accumulated snow will suffice for a lot of fun games outside, but this is not a realistic expectation nowadays, at least not on a regular basis. A new snowstorm will blanket the U.S. from California to Maine–a 2,500 mile stretch.

Total snowfall has decreased in many parts of North America, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One reason why is changes in precipitation — more is coming in the form of rain due to climate change. One exception is the Great Lakes region, which now gets more snow than in the past. This is because for every degree rise in Fahrenheit the atmosphere can hold 4% more water. The longer the lakes don’t freeze, the more evaporation there is, leading to possibly more lake-effect snow.

The amount of snow in urban areas may be diminishing, but overall snowfall may not be trending down so significantly — it just comes in longer stretches, over a period of several days. This was not always the case.

Records date back to 1872, when Kings County, or Brooklyn, got 27 inches, or more than 2 feet of snow, in just one day.

This may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. Imagine getting 6 feet and 4 inches in 24 hours, which occurred in Boulder County, Colorado in 1921. This is the largest single-day snowfall on record. It’s enough to bury you.

Maybe you don’t have to worry. Until about half a century ago, it was normal during a typical winter for more than 50 inches of snow to fall on at least one day – two exceptions are in Oregon in 2009 and Montana in 2006. Over the last decade, record single-day snowfall has exceeded 50 inches only once.

The popular and longest continuously-running periodical in North America, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, predicts that the 2018-2019 winter season will be warmer than usual, except in the Southwest. It’ll be cold, but not frigid.

To determine the county with the most snowfall in recorded history in every state, 24/7 Wall St. looked at data from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Click here to see the places with the biggest snowfall in history in every state.

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Alabama: Etowah County
> 1-day record: 1 foot and 8 inches
> Date: March 13, 1993

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Alaska: Valdez-Cordova Census Area
> 1-day record: 5 feet and 2 inches
> Date: December 29, 1955

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Arizona: Coconino County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 6 inches
> Date: January 21, 2010

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Arkansas: Clay County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 1 inch
> Date: January 22, 1918

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California: Yuba County
> 1-day record: 6 feet and 3 inches
> Date: January 14, 1952

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Colorado: Boulder County
> 1-day record: 6 feet and 4 inches
> Date: April 15, 1921

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Connecticut: New Haven County
> 1-day record: 3 feet
> Date: February 9, 2013

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Delaware: Kent County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 1 inch
> Date: February 19, 1979

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Florida: Santa Rosa County
> 1-day record: 4 inches
> Date: March 6, 1954

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Georgia: Murray County
> 1-day record: 1 foot and 8 inches
> Date: March 14, 1993

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Hawaii: Maui County
> 1-day record: 6.5 inches
> Date: February 2, 1936

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Idaho: Benewah County
> 1-day record: 5 feet
> Date: January 22, 1982

The Gem State tied its own record the following year — in the spring.

Idaho: Owyhee County
> 1-day record: 5 feet
> Date: May 2, 1983

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Illinois: Adams County
> 1-day record: 2 feet
> Date: February 28, 1900

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Indiana: St. Joseph County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 2 inches
> Date: January 8, 2011

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Iowa: Taylor County
> 1-day record: 2 feet
> Date: April 20, 1918

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Kansas: Pratt County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 6 inches
> Date: March 28, 2009

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Kentucky: Pike County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 2 inches
> Date: March 3, 1942

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Louisiana: Terrebonne Parish
> 1-day record: 1 foot and 4 inches
> Date: February 15, 1895

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Maine: Franklin County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 6 inches
> Date: December 22, 2008

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Maryland: Garrett County
> 1-day record: 3 feet
> Date: February 6, 2010

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Massachusetts: Worcester County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 8 inches
> Date: January 27, 2015

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Michigan: Ontonagon County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 9 inches
> Date: March 13, 2006

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Minnesota: Lake County
> 1-day record: 3 feet
> Date: January 7, 1994

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Mississippi: Marshall County
> 1-day record: 1 foot and 6 inches
> Date: December 23, 1963

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Missouri: Bates County
> 1-day record: 2 feet
> Date: February 2, 2011

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Montana: Lewis and Clark County
> 1-day record: 4 feet and 4 inches
> Date: March 9, 2006

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Nebraska: Banner County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 6 inches
> Date: December 14, 1925

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Nevada: Douglas County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 9 inches
> Date: April 4, 1958

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New Hampshire: Coos County
> 1-day record: 4 feet and 1 inch
> Date: February 25, 1969

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New Jersey: Somerset County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 6 inches
> Date: January 23, 2016

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New Mexico: Socorro County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 5 inches
> Date: February 3, 1964

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New York: Oneida County
> 1-day record: 4 feet and 2 inches
> Date: February 1, 1966

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North Carolina: Yancey County
> 1-day record: 3 feet
> Date: March 13, 1993

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North Dakota: Ward County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 3 inches
> Date: April 27, 1984

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Ohio: Trumbull County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 6 inches
> Date: April 20, 1901

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Oklahoma: Woodward County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 6 inches
> Date: February 23, 1971

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Oregon: Malheur County
> 1-day record: 5 feet
> Date: April 8, 2009

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Pennsylvania: Wayne County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 5 inches
> Date: February 16, 1958

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Rhode Island: Providence County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 6 inches
> Date: February 7, 1978

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South Carolina: Sumter County
> 1-day record: 1 foot and 9 inches
> Date: February 9, 1973

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South Dakota: Lawrence County
> 1-day record: 4 feet and 4 inches
> Date: March 14, 1973

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Tennessee: Sevier County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 6 inches
> Date: March 14, 1993

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Texas: Lipscomb County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 1 inch
> Date: March 28, 2009

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Utah: Salt Lake County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 2 inches
> Date: December 2, 1982

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Vermont: Orleans County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 6 inches
> Date: February 5, 1995

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Virginia: Loudoun County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 1 inch
> Date: January 24, 2016

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Washington: Pierce County
> 1-day record: 5 feet and 10 inches
> Date: November 26, 1955

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West Virginia: Preston County
> 1-day record: 3 feet and 1 inch
> Date: February 21, 2003

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Wisconsin: Iron County
> 1-day record: 2 feet and 2 inches
> Date: March 13, 2006

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Wyoming: Johnson County
> 1-day record: 4 feet and 1 inch
> Date: March 21, 1924