Rangeley Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Rangeley, Maine has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Rangeley usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Rangeley normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Rangeley can expect the 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 averages, based on weather data gathered from 1991 to 2020 at the Rangeley Municipal Airport, near the Saddleback Ski Resort.
How Often it Snows in Rangeley
The next two tables list monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).
These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Rangeley varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals 38.1 inches or more of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 15.3 inches for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 32 inches, while the lightest years get less than 16.2 inches.
New snow for February ranges from at least 32.7 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 16.8 inches in light years.
When Rangeley Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
The first snowfall of winter for Rangeley usually arrives in October. About once every three or four years, October has no snow, delaying the start of the snow season until November.
The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. In rare years, May also gets a little snow.
Rangeley is normally free of snow every year from June to September.
How Many Snowstorms Rangeley Gets
Close to half the days of snowfall in Rangeley leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 33 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.
Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur six times annually. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day happen on average once or twice a year. Snow events this severe can descend on Rangeley anytime from December to April.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Rangeley
Throughout winter, Rangeley has at least an inch of snow on the ground. During much of that, the snowpack amounts to ten inches or more.
Typically on 41 days a year the snow covering Rangeley builds up to at least twenty inches deep. The deep snow accumulates intermittently from November to April, including half of February and March.
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.
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Climate Normals.