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Snow Climatology for Grand Island, Nebraska
 

Some Quick Snow Facts for Grand Island (total period of record dates back to 1895):
  • Normal Seasonal Snowfall (based on official 1981-2010 normals): 29.0 inches
  • Average Number of Annual Days with 1"or more:   8 days
  • Average Number of Annual Days with 3"or more:   3 days
  • Average Number of Annual Days with 6" or more1 day
  • Record Daily Snowfall17.8" on March 20, 2006
  • Record Storm Total Snowfall (3 days or less)21.6" on March 19-21, 2006
  • Record Calendar-Month Snowfall:  29.7" in February 1915
  • Record Seasonal Snowfall86.7" winter 1914-15  

 

Earliest Snowfall Latest Snowfall
Criteria Amount Date Criteria Amount Date
Measurable 3.0" Sept. 20, 1995 Measurable 4.5" May 28, 1947
1.0" or more 3.0" Sept. 20, 1995 1.0" or more 4.5" May 28, 1947
4.0" or more 7.0" Oct. 25, 1997 4.0" or more 4.5" May 28, 1947

 

Month Record Monthly Snowfall (inches) Record Snow Depth On 
Any Morning (inches)
Record Storm Total
Snowfall (inches)
(over 3 days or less)
Normal Monthly
Snowfall (inches)
(1981-2010)
January 26.0" in 1932 18" on Jan. 11, 1974 12.0" on Jan. 30-31, 2002 6.5"
February 29.7" in 1915 28" on Feb. 11-15, 1905 18.3" on Feb. 1-2, 2016 6.3"
March 23.5" in 1915 16" on March 21-22, 2006 21.6" on March 19-21, 2006 5.4"
April 12.0" in 1913 9" on April 11, 1997 12.0" on April 10, 1913 1.5"
May 4.5" in 1947 4" on May 3, 1967 4.5" on May 28, 1947 None
June None None None None
July None None None None
August None None None None
September 3.8" in 1985 1" on Sep. 29, 1985 3.8" on Sep. 29, 1985 0.1"
October 9.8" in 1991 6" on Oct. 25-27, 1997 9.8" on Oct. 30-31, 1991 1.0"
November 17.1" in 1983 14" on Nov. 28, 1983 13.8" on Nov. 26-28, 1983 3.1"
December 26.5" in 2009 20" on Dec. 22-25, 1968 15.0" on Dec. 19-21, 1914 5.1"

 

 

Top 10 Snowiest Seasons Top 10 Least Snowiest Seasons*
Amount (inches) Year/Season Amount (inches) Year/Season
86.7" 1914-15 7.6" 1903-04
78.6" 1983-84 8.8" 1933-34
54.4" 1968-69 9.2" 2016-17
48.9" 1992-93 10.7" 1967-68
48.7" 1931-32 10.8" 1965-66
48.5" 1973-74 11.1" 1927-28
46.6" 1959-60 11.3" 2006-07
46.0" 1978-79 12.5" 1905-06
45.5" 1947-48 13.3" 1937-38
44.5" 2009-10 14.0" 1971-72


*Please note: Most snowfall records during the years 1906-1912 are very incomplete and/or errant, and are regarded as "unusable" for rankings of the least-snowiest seasons

** Last Updated: 1/12/21 to refresh averages and correct snow total for 1947-48 season