Poughkeepsie Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Poughkeepsie, New York has snow.

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

All the numbers are averages, based on climate data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Dutchess County Airport in the town of Wappinger, located a few miles south of Poughkeepsie.

How Often it Snows in Poughkeepsie

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Poughkeepsie
Days   Inches Centi­metres
4.7 January 11.6 29.5
3.1 February 8.3 21.1
1.8 March 4.4 11.2
0.4 April 1.4 3.6
0.6 November 1.8 4.6
2.9 December 5.3 13.5
13.5 Year 32.8 83.3

These averages don't show how much Poughkeepsie's snowfall varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 6.4 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 2.2 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 15.8 inches, while the lightest years get less than 4.6 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 13.7 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 2.2 inches in light years.

When Poughkeepsie Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Poughkeepsie's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in December, although it starts snowing as early as November in some years. The season's last snowfall can happen anytime from February to April.

Poughkeepsie is normally free of snow every year from May to October.

How Many Snowstorms Poughkeepsie Gets

Most days of snowfall in Poughkeepsie result in at least an inch of snow left on the ground. On an average of four days a year, three or more inches of snow lands in one day.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur a couple times a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that don't happen every year.

Number of days per month and year on average in Poughkeepsie with a total snowfall of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
3.3 1.6 January 0.7 0.1
2.1 0.8 February 0.5 0.1
1.4 0.6 March 0.3 0.0
0.3 0.2 April 0.1 0.0
0.5 0.3 November 0.1 0.0
2.0 0.7 December 0.4 0.1
9.6 4.2 Year 2.1 0.3

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Poughkeepsie

For about one-third of winter days, Poughkeepsie has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on eight days in January and another six in February, the snow covering Poughkeepsie gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Poughkeepsie with snow depth of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches on the ground
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
16.5 11.5 January 8.3 3.9
12.3 9.7 February 6.3 2.8
4.6 2.4 March 1.4 0.7
0.6 0.3 April 0.2 0.0
0.9 0.5 November 0.2 0.0
7.3 4.4 December 2.7 1.1
42.2 28.8 Year 19.1 8.5

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals. (Data Access. FTP.)

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