Abbotsford Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Abbotsford, British Columbia has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Abbotsford usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Abbotsford normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when the city can expect its first and last snowfalls of the season.

The first set of monthly snow totals are averages for 2010 to 2019. All the other numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Abbotsford Airport.

How Often it Snows in Abbotsford

10-year snowfall averages in Abbotsford, 2010 to 2019
  Inches Centi­metres
January 3.0 8
February 7.5 19
March 1.0 2
April 0.0 0
November 0.8 2
December 3.0 8
Year 15.3 39
30-year averages for total snowfall and days with 0.2 centimetres (0.08 inches) or more fresh snow in Abbotsford, 1981-2010
Days   Inches Centi­metres
3.7 January 7.3 19
1.9 February 3.4 9
1.4 March 1.7 4
0.3 April 0.2 1
1.3 November 2.6 7
3.6 December 6.5 17
12.2 Year 21.7 55

When Abbotsford Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Abbotsford usually arrives in December, but can show up as early as November or even October.

The season's last snowfall often happens in March, although in some years a late snow lands in April or May.

Abbotsford is normally free of snow every year from June to September.

How Many Snowstorms Abbotsford Gets

Most days of snowfall in Abbotsford leave less than five centimetres (2 inches) of fresh snow on the ground. On an average of three or four days a year the amount of new snow totals at least five cm.

Big snowstorms of over ten cm a day normally occur once or twice a year. Major blizzards that dump 25 cm or more in one day are rare events that don't happen every year. Storms this severe are most likely to appear in January, November or December.

Number of days per month and year on average in Abbotsford with a total snowfall of at least 5, 10 or 20 centimetres
  5 cm
2.0 inches
10 cm
3.9 inches
25 cm
9.8 inches
January 1.2 0.5 0.1
February 0.5 0.3 0.0
March 0.3 0.1 0.0
November 0.3 0.2 0.1
December 1.0 0.5 0.1
Year 3.4 1.6 0.3

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Abbotsford

For about 13 days a year, Abbotsford has at least a centimetre of snow on the ground. Since it rains more than snows during winter, the remnants of a snowfall usually wash away before long. December and January are when deep snow is most likely to build up here.

Average total days per month and year in Abbotsford with snow depth of at least 1, 5, 10 or 20 cm on the ground
1 cm
0.4 inches
5 cm
2.0 inches
  10 cm
3.9 inches
20 cm
7.9 inches
5.3 3.4 January 2.2 1.2
2.3 1.3 February 0.6 0.0
0.7 0.3 March 0.2 0.0
0.7 0.5 November 0.4 0.1
3.5 1.8 December 1.0 0.5
12.5 7.3 Year 4.4 1.8

Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.

Jay Lawrimore, Ron Ray, Scott Applequist, Bryant Korzeniewski, Matthew Menne. 2016. Global Summary of the Month and Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.

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