Cincinnati Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Cincinnati, Ohio has snow.

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

All the numbers are averages, based on climate data gathered from 1991 to 2020 near downtown Cincinnati at the city's Municipal Lunken Airport.

How Often it Snows in Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati
Days   Inches Centi­metres
6.7 January 7.7 19.6
5.9 February 6.7 17.0
2.7 March 3.4 8.6
0.6 April 0.4 1.0
0.1 October 0.2 0.5
1.1 November 0.8 2.0
4.6 December 4.1 10.4
21.7 Year 23.3 59.2

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 5.7 inches of snow. But at least another 25 percent of years receive less than 0.9 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 11.9 inches, while the lightest years get less than 3.4 inches.

Snow in February ranges from over 8.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 1.7 inches in light years.

When Cincinnati Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

Cincinnati's first snowfall of winter usually arrives in November or December. In rare years, October also gets some snow.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in March, but sometimes new snow also shows up in April.

Cincinnati is normally free of snow every year from May to September.

How Many Snowstorms Cincinnati Gets

Most days of snowfall in Cincinnati result in just a skiff of less than an inch left on the ground. On seven days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day are rare events that don't appear every winter. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more are not at all normal for Cincinnati.

Number of days per month and year on average in Cincinnati 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
2.2 0.8 January 0.2 0.0
1.8 0.5 February 0.4 0.0
1.1 0.4 March 0.1 0.0
0.2 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.0 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
0.3 0.0 November 0.0 0.0
1.4 0.3 December 0.1 0.0
7.0 2.0 Year 0.8 0.0

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Cincinnati

For just a small fraction of winter days, Cincinnati has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

The city averages three or four days a year when the snow depth builds to five inches or more deep. In most years though, the snowpack never accumulates over ten inches.

Average total days per month and year in Cincinnati 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
7.9 3.8 January 1.4 0.1
6.4 3.4 February 1.6 0.3
2.2 0.8 March 0.1 0.0
0.2 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
0.6 0.1 November 0.0 0.0
4.2 1.7 December 0.5 0.0
21.6 9.8 Year 3.6 0.4

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Climate Normals.

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