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The Biggest Snowfall on Record in Every State

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If there is one source of endless fun and wonder when we are kids but endless grief and frustration when we are adults, it is snow. Sledding, snow angels, and pristine white blankets give way to shoveling, trudging through slush, and dealing with having a snowed-in car. And every state has had its fair share of snow. 

Certain parts of the country are basically synonymous with snow. If Alaska and Vermont make it through the winter without any significant snowfall, then we are in serious trouble. But it is not every day that you see more than 3 feet of snow piling up in Arizona or New Mexico – yet sometimes even that happens.

To identify the places with the biggest snowfall in history in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed historical snowfall data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information database of Snowfall Extremes. The counties and county equivalents listed had the largest three-day snowfall on record in the state. (The date listed represents the final day of the two or three-day snowfall period. The two-day and one-day record totals listed are the highest in the county or county equivalent and not necessarily the state as a whole.) 

It is expected that northern and Midwestern states are going to get mountains of snowfall every winter, but the snow events that found their way into the record books in these states are truly exceptional. For example, the deadly blizzard that hit Buffalo, New York, over Christmas 2022 dumped 4.25 feet of snow on the area. The state record, however, which also fell on Buffalo, pummeled the city with more than 7 feet of snow in three days in November 2014. (Here are the 25 worst holiday storms of all time.)

Surprisingly, perhaps, Arizona’s biggest three-day snowfall was even larger, at nearly 8 feet, in Coconino County, which encompasses Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, on Jan. 22, 2010. Not surprising, the biggest snowfalls in Florida amounted to 4 inches only – in Santa Rosa in March 1954. 

Alaska had the biggest three-day snowfall when 12 feet 3 inches fell in the last few days of 1955 in the Chugach Census Area along the Gulf of Alaska. The second biggest three-day snowfall was in Siskiyou County, the northernmost county in California, when 11 feet 3 inches fell in February 1959. (See also the coldest day ever recorded in every state.)

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Alabama: Pickens County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 1 foot, 10 inches (1/24/1940)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 1 foot, 10 inches (1/24/1940)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 6.5 inches (1/23/1940)
> Largest place in county: Aliceville

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Alaska: Chugach Census Area
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 12 feet, 3 inches (12/30/1955)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 10 feet, 0.6 inches (12/30/1955)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 5 feet, 2 inches (12/29/1955)
> Largest place in county: Valdez

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Arizona: Coconino County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 7 feet, 11 inch (1/22/2010)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 6 feet, 5 inches (1/22/2010)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet, 6 inches (1/21/2010)
> Largest place in county: Flagstaff

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Arkansas: Clay County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 1 inch (1/22/1918)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 1 inch (1/22/1918)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 1 inch (1/22/1918)
> Largest place in county: Piggott

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California: Siskiyou County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 11 feet, 3 inches (2/18/1959)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 8 feet, 7 inches (2/17/1959)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 5 feet, 3 inches (1/2/1901)
> Largest place in county: Yreka

Colorado: Mineral County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 8 feet, 8 inches (1/28/1956)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 7 feet, 6 inches (1/28/1956)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 4 feet, 7 inches (1/14/1997)
> Largest place in county: Creede

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Connecticut: Middlesex County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 4 feet, 2 inches (3/14/1888)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet, 10 inches (3/13/1888)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 6 inches (2/9/2013)
> Largest place in county: Middletown

Delaware: Sussex County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 5 inches (2/8/2010)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 5 inches (2/7/2010)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet (2/13/1899)
> Largest place in county: Seaford

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Florida: Santa Rosa County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 4 inches (3/6/1954)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 inches (3/6/1954)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 4 inches (3/6/1954)
> Largest place in county: Pace

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Georgia: Walker County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 1 foot, 9 inches (3/14/1993)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 1 foot, 9 inches (3/14/1993)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 1.5 inches (1/23/1940)
> Largest place in county: LaFayette

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Hawaii: Maui County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 1 foot, 3.5 inches (2/3/1936)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 11.5 inches (2/3/1936)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 6.5 inches (2/2/1936)
> Largest place in county: Kahului

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Idaho: Elmore County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 8 feet, 2 inches (10/3/1969)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 5 feet, 6 inches (10/2/1969)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 10 inches (10/20/1969)
> Largest place in county: Mountain Home

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Illinois: Lake County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 3.9 inches (1/5/2015)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 3 inches (1/4/2015)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 10.8 inches (2/2/2011)
> Largest place in county: Waukegan

Indiana: LaPorte County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 5.1 inch (1/6/2018)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 10.2 inches (1/5/2018)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 10 inches (2/4/2009)
> Largest place in county: Michigan City

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Iowa: Dallas County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 5 inches (3/10/1909)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 5 inches (3/10/1909)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 4 inches (3/16/2004)
> Largest place in county: Waukee

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Kansas: Johnson County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 1 inch (3/24/1912)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet, 1 inch (3/24/1912)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 8 inches (3/23/1912)
> Largest place in county: Overland Park

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Kentucky: Madison County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 5 inches (2/6/1998)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 6.5 inches (2/5/1998)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 8.2 inches (1/8/1942)
> Largest place in county: Richmond

Louisiana: Terrebonne Parish
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 1 foot, 4 inches (2/15/1895)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 1 foot, 4 inches (2/15/1895)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 4 inches (2/15/1895)
> Largest place in county: Houma

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Maine: Somerset County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 4 feet, 9 inches (2/27/1969)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 feet, 1 inch (2/27/1969)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 6 inches (2/26/1969)
> Largest place in county: Skowhegan

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Maryland: Allegany County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 4 inches (3/15/1993)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet (3/15/1993)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 6 inches (3/14/1993)
> Largest place in county: Cumberland

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Massachusetts: Essex County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 7.9 inches (2/8/1978)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet, 7.7 inches (2/8/1978)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 7 inches (2/7/1978)
> Largest place in county: Lynn

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Michigan: Emmet County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 5 feet (12/27/2001)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet, 8 inches (12/26/2001)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet (12/26/2001)
> Largest place in county: Petoskey

Minnesota: Lake County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 10.5 inches (1/8/1994)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet, 9 inches (1/7/1994)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet (1/7/1994)
> Largest place in county: Two Harbors

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Mississippi: Marshall County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 1 foot, 6 inches (12/23/1963)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 1 foot, 6 inches (12/23/1963)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 6 inches (12/23/1963)
> Largest place in county: Holly Springs

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Missouri: Newton County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 3.6 inches (3/17/1970)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 3.6 inches (3/17/1970)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 10 inches (3/14/1999)
> Largest place in county: Joplin

Montana: Carbon County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 6 feet, 1 inch (4/27/1984)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 5 feet (4/26/1984)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet (10/26/1996)
> Largest place in county: Red Lodge

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Nebraska: Sheridan County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 7.5 inches (4/14/1927)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 11 inch (4/14/1927)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 9 inches (4/14/1927)
> Largest place in county: Gordon

Nevada: Douglas County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 6 feet, 9 inches (4/4/1958)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 5 feet, 8 inches (4/4/1958)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet, 9 inches (4/4/1958)
> Largest place in county: Gardnerville Ranchos

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New Hampshire: Coos County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 7 feet, 7.1 inch (2/27/1969)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 6 feet, 5.1 inch (2/26/1969)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 4 feet, 1.3 inches (2/25/1969)
> Largest place in county: Berlin

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New Jersey: Cape May County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 10 inches (2/14/1899)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 5 inches (2/14/1899)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 10 inches (12/27/2010)
> Largest place in county: Ocean City

New Mexico: Rio Arriba County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 6 feet, 2 inches (1/28/1916)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 feet, 9 inches (1/28/1916)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet (11/22/1931)
> Largest place in county: Española

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New York: Erie County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 7 feet, 2.5 inches (11/20/2014)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 feet, 3 inches (11/19/2014)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet, 11.5 inches (11/20/2014)
> Largest place in county: Buffalo

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North Carolina: Yancey County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 4 feet, 2 inches (3/14/1993)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 feet, 1 inch (3/14/1993)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet (3/13/1993)
> Largest place in county: Burnsville

North Dakota: Ransom County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 11 inch (2/15/1915)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 10 inches (2/15/1915)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet (2/15/1915)
> Largest place in county: Lisbon

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Ohio: Licking County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 6 inches (4/21/1901)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 10 inches (4/20/1901)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 1 inch (4/20/1901)
> Largest place in county: Newark

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Oklahoma: Harper County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet (2/22/1971)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet (2/22/1971)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 11 inch (2/21/1971)
> Largest place in county: Laverne

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Oregon: Malheur County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 7 feet, 1 inch (4/10/2009)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 5 feet, 4 inches (4/9/2009)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 5 feet (4/8/2009)
> Largest place in county: Ontario

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Pennsylvania: Chester County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 4 feet, 4.4 inches (2/14/1899)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet, 9.3 inches (2/14/1899)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 11.3 inches (2/13/1899)
> Largest place in county: West Chester

Rhode Island: Providence County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 2 inches (2/8/1978)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet, 2 inches (2/8/1978)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 6 inches (2/7/1978)
> Largest place in county: Providence

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South Carolina: Greenville County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 4.9 inches (2/18/1969)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 1 foot, 4.5 inches (1/8/1988)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 1 foot, 3 inches (2/15/1902)
> Largest place in county: Greenville

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South Dakota: Lawrence County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 6 feet, 2.1 inch (2/27/1998)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 feet, 11.4 inches (4/19/2006)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 4 feet, 4 inches (3/14/1973)
> Largest place in county: Spearfish

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Tennessee: Sevier County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 5 feet (3/14/1993)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 5 feet (3/14/1993)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 6 inches (3/14/1993)
> Largest place in county: Sevierville

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Texas: Hale County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 2 feet, 5.5 inches (2/4/1956)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet, 1.5 inches (2/4/1956)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet (2/4/1956)
> Largest place in county: Plainview

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Utah: Salt Lake County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 6 feet, 7 inches (12/3/1982)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 5 feet, 5 inches (12/2/1982)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet, 2 inches (12/2/1982)
> Largest place in county: Salt Lake City

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Vermont: Orleans County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 4 feet (2/6/1995)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 feet (2/6/1995)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 3 feet, 6 inches (2/5/1995)
> Largest place in county: Newport

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Virginia: Madison County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 4 feet, 1 inch (1/8/1996)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 feet (1/7/1996)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet, 9 inches (3/6/1962)
> Largest place in county: Madison

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Washington: Pierce County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 7 feet, 4 inches (1/25/1971)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 5 feet, 10 inches (11/27/1955)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 5 feet, 10 inches (11/26/1955)
> Largest place in county: Tacoma

West Virginia: Harrison County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 4 feet, 9.2 inches (11/26/1950)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 3 feet, 4.5 inches (11/25/1950)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet (11/25/1950)
> Largest place in county: Clarksburg

Wisconsin: Washburn County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 3 feet, 6 inches (3/15/1899)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 2 feet (4/1/1896)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 2 feet (3/13/1899)
> Largest place in county: Spooner

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Wyoming: Johnson County
> Largest 3-day snowfall: 5 feet, 1 inch (3/22/1924)
> Largest 2-day snowfall: 4 feet, 11 inch (3/21/1924)
> Largest 1-day snowfall: 4 feet, 1 inch (3/21/1924)
> Largest place in county: Buffalo

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