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How Early Can Snow Fall?

How Early Can Snow Fall?

Making weather predictions would be a whole lot easier if the seasons would just behave the way they were supposed to. Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21 this year, but that doesn’t mean wintry weather won’t arrive ahead of schedule.

So what’s the earliest date each year that it can snow in North America?

Actually, that’s a trick question. Snow can fall at any time of the year, including summer, especially at high elevations. In fact, this past summer alone has seen July snowfalls on New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington and Marmot Basin in Alberta, Canada. And, just within the last couple of weeks, three inches of snow covered Mt. Batchelor in Bend, Oregon.

This year, the Farmers’ Almanac’s earliest predicted snowfall is for the mountains of Montana during the opening days of October.

When will the first snow fall in your area? Find out in our long-range forecast!

9 comments

1 Linda W { 10.21.14 at 1:53 pm }

It has already started snowing here in Colorado, up in the mountains in Estes Part the caps are getting a thin layer of snow , and last year it snowed on Mother’s Day .Have a funny feeling this is going to be a bad winter,there’s feel the same way .

2 Theodora { 07.09.11 at 12:50 pm }

I remember something in my history book about the washing in Boston Massachusetts freezing overnight in mid-July. Though that was due to a nuclear winter, lots of places stay cold year-round. It was 34 degrees (Fahrenheit) in Tionesta, Pennsylvania earlier this July.

3 Snowgirl { 11.29.10 at 10:04 am }

I hope it snows in December, january, Feburary too. I like it when glistens on grounds and the cars. I live Virginia it may snow on those or not. I always can hope and dream.

4 Judy Thornberry { 10.20.10 at 9:44 am }

The weather has been crazy here in Ky, We have been 20 degrees above what it should be this time of year .Very dry and still a little humid. Be glad to see some rain!

5 weather watcher { 09.19.10 at 11:29 am }

The article above says, Farmer’s Almanac predicts the 1st snowfall this season will be in the mountains of Montana in early October. As a matter of fact, they had some snow last week in the mountains of Montana, & it’s only September.

6 Gary { 09.15.10 at 4:54 pm }

It’s been in the 90’s every day this summer except for one week when it just got to the high 80’s. It’s been humid and the mosquitos and gnats have been extra bothersome. This is South Georgia and it looks like the heat will linger well into the fall. I still DON’T want any snow !! Let the sun shine in !!

7 Jeff { 09.15.10 at 4:40 pm }

Is it true that it once snowed on the 4th of July? If true what year did it happened?

8 Rain { 09.15.10 at 10:07 am }

I need it not to snow until the middle of December. After Ive safely driven across the country & moved.

9 Scarlette { 09.15.10 at 8:49 am }

What is “squally weather”? I don’t think I care much for the way it sounds.

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