Special Report

The Snowiest County in Every State

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The winter of 2021 has been an eventful one, to say the least, Texas is now in a state of emergency thanks to an unprecedented cold front that swept through the South. In a one-week span in February, more than 6,600 cold records were tied or broken across the country. This year, major cities in the Northwest, the Midwest, and the Northeast reached snowfall totals not seen in decades or set new records entirely. New York City has already recorded the eighth-highest February snowfall total in its history, with a week left to go in the month. On Feb. 16, thanks to Winter Storm Uri, 73.2% of the ground in the lower 48 states were covered by snow, the most in nearly two decades. 

Love it or hate it, snow is a major part of winter in many areas of the United States. While most places are not likely to see anything close to their state’s record snowfall this year — or anytime soon — some parts of each state are more likely to get the most snowfall compared to other parts of the state, based on historical data.

To find the snowiest county in every state, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to calculate, for every weather station in the country, the total snowfall over the winters of 2017, 2018, and 2019 (during the months of November through March). 

Also included are the snowfall during the county’s snowiest winter month over the past three winters, as well as each county’s all-time one-day snowfall record.

Of the 50 counties on this list — based on at least one weather station reporting the most snow in their respective state over the past three winters — only eight rank in the top 10 for total snowfall out of the nation’s over 15,000 weather stations. 

Total snowfall has decreased in many parts of North America. Of the 50 counties on this list, only six have all-time single-day snowfall records that were set after 2010. Only one state’s snowiest county — Delta, Colorado — has a one-day record from as early as last year. 

Colorado is famous for the all-time record for snowfall set in Boulder County in 1921, when a blizzard delivered a whopping 6 feet, 4 inches of snow in 24 hours. Click here to see the places with the biggest snowfall in history in every state.

Click here to see the snowiest county in every state.

To determine the snowiest county in every state, 24/7 Wall St. calculated the total snowfall in the past three winters using data collected by 15,346 weather stations compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We summed the total snowfall for the months November through March for the winters of 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20. We listed for every state the county with the weather station recording the most snowfall in the state over this period. Historical data on the largest one-day snowfall in county history also came from the NOAA.

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Alabama: Talladega County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 8.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 6.0 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 13.0 inches on Mar 13, 1993
> Station reporting: Bon Air
> Station elevation: 492 feet

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Alaska: Juneau City and Borough
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 532.3 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 75.1 inches in Feb, 2020
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 32.5 inches on Dec 28, 2004
> Station reporting: Snettisham Power Plant
> Station elevation: 29 feet

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Arizona: Apache County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 312.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 79.5 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 40.0 inches on Nov 30, 1975
> Station reporting: Sunrise Mountain
> Station elevation: 9,368 feet

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Arkansas: Arkansas County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 34.5 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 9.0 inches in Jan, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 13.0 inches on Dec 22, 1963
> Station reporting: Hickory Ridge
> Station elevation: 216 feet

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California: Placer County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 1,210.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 307.0 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 49.0 inches on Apr 3, 1958
> Station reporting: Soda Springs
> Station elevation: 6,885 feet

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Colorado: Delta County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 847.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 135.8 inches in Mar, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 22.0 inches on Jan 18, 2019
> Station reporting: Cedaredge
> Station elevation: 10,396 feet

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Connecticut: Litchfield County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 194.8 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 40.0 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 30.0 inches on Feb 10, 1969
> Station reporting: Norfolk
> Station elevation: 1,340 feet

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Delaware: New Castle County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 60.8 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 16.3 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 22.5 inches on Feb 6, 2010
> Station reporting: Newark
> Station elevation: 111 feet

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Florida: Marion County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 0.2 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 0.2 inches in Jan, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 0.1 inches on Jan 9, 2010
> Station reporting: Ocala Weather Service
> Station elevation: 92 feet

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Georgia: Rabun County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 28.8 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 12.6 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 14.0 inches on Jan 7, 1988
> Station reporting: Germany Valley
> Station elevation: 2,831 feet

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Hawaii: Hawaii County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 0.9 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 0.7 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 4.5 inches on Dec 5, 1958
> Station reporting: Mauna Loa Slope
> Station elevation: 11,147 feet

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Idaho: Idaho County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 560.9 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 78.7 inches in Feb, 2020
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): N/A
> Station reporting: Dixie North
> Station elevation: 5,739 feet

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Illinois: Henry County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 121.2 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 25.0 inches in Jan, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 17.6 inches on Feb 2, 2011
> Station reporting: Coal Valley
> Station elevation: 735 feet

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Indiana: LaPorte County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 205.6 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 51.7 inches in Jan, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 22.0 inches on Feb 4, 2009
> Station reporting: Laporte
> Station elevation: 809 feet

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Iowa: Kossuth County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 148.6 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 41.1 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 15.5 inches on Feb 27, 1893
> Station reporting: Swea City
> Station elevation: 1,210 feet

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Kansas: Washington County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 84.8 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 17.3 inches in Nov, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 14.0 inches on Nov 26, 2018
> Station reporting: Morrowville
> Station elevation: 1,536 feet

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Kentucky: Boone County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 51.4 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 14.6 inches in Jan, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 11.8 inches on Feb 4, 1998
> Station reporting: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
> Station elevation: 883 feet

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Louisiana: Assumption Parish
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 6.5 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 6.5 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 8.0 inches on Dec 29, 1901
> Station reporting: Donaldsonville
> Station elevation: 30 feet

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Maine: Aroostook County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 383.6 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 59.8 inches in Jan, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 28.6 inches on Mar 14, 1984
> Station reporting: Caribou
> Station elevation: 624 feet

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Maryland: Garrett County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 219.7 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 26.1 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 35.5 inches on Feb 6, 2010
> Station reporting: Mountain Lake Park
> Station elevation: 2,450 feet

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Massachusetts: Franklin County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 278.5 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 55.4 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 26.0 inches on Mar 14, 1993
> Station reporting: Rowe
> Station elevation: 1,734 feet

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Michigan: Houghton County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 679.6 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 115.9 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 26.5 inches on Jan 18, 1996
> Station reporting: Houghton 3.0
> Station elevation: 932 feet

Minnesota: Cook County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 271.4 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 31.6 inches in Feb, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 28.0 inches on Apr 5, 1933
> Station reporting: Grand Marais
> Station elevation: 1,129 feet

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Mississippi: Forrest County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 10.1 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 8.4 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 14.0 inches on Jan 1, 1964
> Station reporting: Hattiesburg
> Station elevation: 385 feet

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Missouri: Boone County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 72.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 19.1 inches in Jan, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 18.0 inches on Feb 2, 2011
> Station reporting: Columbia
> Station elevation: 718 feet

Montana: Stillwater County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 603.6 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 77.1 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 44.0 inches on Apr 20, 1912
> Station reporting: Mystic Lake
> Station elevation: 6,542 feet

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Nebraska: Sioux County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 182.5 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 26.7 inches in Mar, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 30.0 inches on Apr 9, 2013
> Station reporting: Harrison
> Station elevation: 4,849 feet

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Nevada: Elko County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 239.1 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 46.0 inches in Jan, 2020
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 27.0 inches on Jan 31, 1929
> Station reporting: Wild Horse Reservoir
> Station elevation: 6,237 feet

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New Hampshire: Coos County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 499.7 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 63.4 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 49.3 inches on Feb 25, 1969
> Station reporting: Randolph
> Station elevation: 1,774 feet

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New Jersey: Morris County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 129.3 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 44.3 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 26.0 inches on Feb 12, 1983
> Station reporting: Jefferson
> Station elevation: 781 feet

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New Mexico: Colfax County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 237.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 46.8 inches in Mar, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 36.0 inches on Nov 24, 1940
> Station reporting: Angel Fire
> Station elevation: 10,113 feet

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New York: Oswego County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 682.1 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 160.3 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 40.0 inches on Dec 8, 1958
> Station reporting: Redfield
> Station elevation: 1,308 feet

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North Carolina: Yancey County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 206.5 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 52.0 inches in Dec, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 36.0 inches on Mar 13, 1993
> Station reporting: Mt. Mitchell
> Station elevation: 6,239 feet

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North Dakota: Grand Forks County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 203.4 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 38.2 inches in Dec, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 18.0 inches on Mar 6, 1995
> Station reporting: Grand Forks
> Station elevation: 838 feet

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Ohio: Geauga County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 271.1 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 41.2 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 18.9 inches on Jan 4, 2010
> Station reporting: Montville
> Station elevation: 1,238 feet

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Oklahoma: Beaver County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 25.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 6.0 inches in Jan, 2020
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 22.0 inches on Mar 27, 2009
> Station reporting: Forgan
> Station elevation: 2,711 feet

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Oregon: Klamath County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 931.6 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 157.1 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 37.0 inches on Feb 28, 1971
> Station reporting: Crater Lake
> Station elevation: 6,473 feet

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Pennsylvania: Somerset County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 352.9 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 46.5 inches in Dec, 2017
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 40.0 inches on Mar 14, 1993
> Station reporting: Hidden Valley
> Station elevation: 2,749 feet

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Rhode Island: Providence County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 140.1 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 30.9 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 30.0 inches on Feb 7, 1978
> Station reporting: Greenville
> Station elevation: 311 feet

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South Carolina: Greenville County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 34.8 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 14.0 inches in Dec, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 15.0 inches on Nov 12, 1968
> Station reporting: Caesars Head
> Station elevation: 3,199 feet

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South Dakota: Lawrence County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 342.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 57.7 inches in Feb, 2020
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 52.0 inches on Mar 14, 1973
> Station reporting: Lead
> Station elevation: 5,877 feet

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Tennessee: Sevier County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 145.4 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 28.0 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 30.0 inches on Mar 14, 1993
> Station reporting: Mt. Leconte
> Station elevation: 6,491 feet

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Texas: Dallam County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 33.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 7.0 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 15.5 inches on Dec 20, 2011
> Station reporting: Texline
> Station elevation: 4,703 feet

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Utah: Salt Lake County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 978.7 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 123.1 inches in Jan, 2020
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 38.0 inches on Dec 2, 1982
> Station reporting: Alta
> Station elevation: 8,728 feet

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Vermont: Orleans County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 509.0 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 65.8 inches in Jan, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 42.0 inches on Feb 5, 1995
> Station reporting: Morgan
> Station elevation: 1,341 feet

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Virginia: Highland County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 89.3 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 24.8 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 19.9 inches on Jan 7, 1996
> Station reporting: Millgap
> Station elevation: 2,420 feet

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Washington: Pierce County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 1,264.2 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 176.5 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 70.0 inches on Nov 26, 1955
> Station reporting: Rainier Paradise
> Station elevation: 5,425 feet

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West Virginia: Tucker County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 320.8 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 46.0 inches in Mar, 2018
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 36.0 inches on Feb 10, 1926
> Station reporting: Davis 3Se
> Station elevation: 3,714 feet

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Wisconsin: Iron County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 376.5 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 55.0 inches in Dec, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 26.0 inches on Mar 13, 2006
> Station reporting: Hurley
> Station elevation: 1,444 feet

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Wyoming: Teton County
> Total snowfall during last 3 winters (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 777.3 inches
> Snowfall during snowiest winter month (2017-2019, Nov-Mar): 131.3 inches in Feb, 2019
> 1-day snowfall record (1886-2017): 34.0 inches on Jan 28, 1933
> Station reporting: Snake River
> Station elevation: 6,880 feet

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