2024’s Snowiest Counties

Snow blankets the road and piles up on cars parked along a forested residential street

Where in the U.S. can snow pile up the most during the winter months?

To mark Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, Lawn Love ranked 2024’s Snowiest Counties.

We compared 256 counties by historical snowfall records — including annual snowfall, 1-day, and 3-day records. We also considered the average historical annual temperature and the number of days with temperatures below freezing. 

Explore our ranking below. To learn how we ranked the cities, see our methodology.

In this article

County rankings

See how each county fared in our ranking:

Top 5 close up

Check out the slideshow below for highlights on our 5 snowiest counties.

An icy road leads to a misty, snow-covered mountain in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
No. 1: Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska | Overall score: 87.70

Average Annual Historical Snowfall: 279.4 inches | Rank: 2
Average Historical Annual Temperature: 37.6 | Rank: 14
Average Historical Number of Extremely Cold Days: 239 | Rank: 4

Photo credit: Joseph / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
White-capped mountains contrast with a clear blue sky in Coos County, New Hampshire
No. 2: Coos County, New Hampshire | Overall score: 87.10

Average Annual Historical Snowfall: 283.5 inches | Rank: 1
Record Historical Snowfall in a Single Day: 49.3 inches | Rank: 3
Record Historical Snowfall Over 3 Days: 91.1 inches | Rank: 3

Photo credit: Harvey Barrison / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0
Snow buries a house in the forest in Placer County, California
No. 3: Placer County, California | Overall score: 75.57

Average Annual Historical Snowfall: 241.7 inches | Rank: 3
Record Historical Snowfall in a Single Day: 49 inches | Rank: 4
Record Historical Snowfall Over 3 Days: 117 inches | Rank: 1

Photo credit: Daniela Mancilla / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
A person ice skates toward a misty snowcapped mountain towering in the distance in Matanuska-Sustina Borough, Alaska
No. 4: Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska | Overall score: 60.57

Average Annual Historical Snowfall: 120.9 inches | Rank: 5
Record Historical Snowfall in a Single Day: 42 inches | Rank: 13
Average Historical Annual Temperature: 29.9 | Rank: 7

Photo credit: Paxson Woelber / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0
Clouds block the snowy mountain peaks across a body of water in Yakutat City and Borough, Alaska
No. 5: Yakutat City and Borough, Alaska | Overall score: 55.00

Average Annual Historical Snowfall: 162.1 inches | Rank: 4
Average Historical Annual Temperature: 34.02 | Rank: 10
Average Historical Number of Extremely Cold Days: 158 | Rank: 54

Photo credit: Werner Bayer / Flickr / CC0 1.0

Key insights

Every county representing 12 frigid states — such as Alaska, Maine, and Colorado — flurry into the top 100 snowiest counties. 

The Southwest might have stifling summers, but some areas like Coconino County, Arizona (No. 7 – Flagstaff is Coconino’s county seat), and Nevada counties White Pine (No. 51) and Elko (No. 56), land at the top of our ranking with low temps and annual white winters

Texas, Florida, and Hawaii melt into the bottom half of our ranking with little to no chances of a snow day. 25 counties from these 3 states, as well as California and Arizona, tie with 0 inches of annual historical snowfall. 

Check out some of our surprising findings in the Media resources section below.

Expert take

Shoveling snow can be dangerous — it leads to hundreds of deaths and about 11,500 injuries every year.

We turned to a panel of experts to learn some safe shoveling practices among other snowy weather suggestions. Read their insights below.

  1. What are your top three tips for clearing snow safely?
  2. What, if anything, can homeowners do ahead of a snowstorm to make cleanup easier?
  3. Who should invest in a snow blower?
  4. What are three ways snow can damage your home or property?
  5. When is the best time to shovel snow?

Ask The Experts

Natalie Simpson
Professor of Operations Management & Strategy and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Eric M. Lui
Meredith Professor
Natalie Simpson
Professor of Operations Management & Strategy and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
University at Buffalo School of Management

What are your top three tips for clearing snow safely?

1. Know your own physical limitations and respect them. Clearing snow is intense work. Even if you consider yourself to be in good shape, take breaks, go inside, take off your winter weather gear, and deliberately rest. If you have a lot of snow to clear, commit to this more than once.

2. Know the current conditions and respect them. For example, “wet” snow looks largely the same as lighter-density snow, but you’ll be moving 2-3 times the weight with each shovel-full. You also can’t see air temperature and wind chill when you look out the window, but these factors can create life-threatening conditions at the extreme.

3. Be particularly careful working at the end of your driveway — especially if visibility is already poor because of falling snow or darkness. Plowed snow banks make the road narrower while hiding you from an approaching driver, and the car will require a longer braking distance in bad weather. Consider wearing a high-visibility vest or other clothing with your usual winter coat.

What, if anything, can homeowners do ahead of a snowstorm to make cleanup easier?

It’s important to buy at least one snow shovel and a bucket of salt before the bad weather starts. In the fall, move these tools to an easily accessible storage spot within your house or garage, where they can live through the winter when not in use.

Who should invest in a snow blower?

Snow blowers are the most attractive option when you have a long driveway, as they make easy work of it. However, snow blowers need shelter and they need to be thoughtfully maintained — plus they aren’t as easy to steer as lawnmowers.

The more property you have to clear, the more attractive an investment they become, despite their disadvantages. Also, the more property you have, the less you worry about where the snow blower is throwing your snow, which isn’t always easy to control.

What are three ways snow can damage your home or property?

1. If your roof isn’t well insulated the snow will melt against it and you can get “ice dams” where meltwater runs down to the colder edge of the roof and freezes again. More meltwater then builds up behind the dam, where it soaks shingles and seeps into your house.

2. Ice dams and the icicles that hang from them can bend gutters or strip them off your house.

3. If it snows enough, the weight of snow can collapse a roof. Some roof types and trusses fail faster than others, so you can get your home inspected to determine if it is more vulnerable and if it can be reinforced to hold up under greater weight. You can also buy a roof rake, for pulling snow off your roof, to avoid that heavy build-up.

When is the best time to shovel snow?

I’ve heard that it’s better to shovel in the morning, when the snow is fluffiest. Regardless of the time, I try to shovel as it snows, letting a few inches accumulate before I easily clear it away — even though I know I’ll be back out in a few hours to do the same thing again and again.

Eric M. Lui
Meredith Professor
Syracuse University, Civil and Environmental Engineering

What are your top three tips for clearing snow safely?

  1. Wear warm clothes, snow boots with good traction, and waterproof gloves.
  2. Do not overexert oneself. Do the snow clearing in stages if needed.
  3. Use a snow thrower and/or blower, or hire someone to do the work.

What, if anything, can homeowners do ahead of a snowstorm to make cleanup easier?

Check that all snow-clearing equipment is in good condition.

If a gas-powered snow blower is used, make sure there is enough gas, and if an electric-powered snow thrower is used, make sure it is fully charged — or have backup batteries ready.

Who should invest in a snow blower?

Anyone who can afford one.

What are three ways snow can damage your home or property?

1. Ice dams forming on the edges of sloped roofs can:

  • Cause damage to gutters and shingles.
  • Cause roof leaks.
  • Lead to the formation of mold and mildew and [resulting] damage to ceilings, walls, and insulation.

2. Falling icicles can be dangerous.

3. If the roof is not properly designed for snow load, excessive buildup of snow could cause roof collapses.

When is the best time to shovel snow?

When there is enough light (natural or artificial) and when the conditions are safe.

Behind the ranking

First, we determined the factors (metrics) that are most relevant to rank the Snowiest Counties. We then assigned a weight to each factor based on its importance and grouped those factors into 2 categories: Snowfall and Climate. The categories, factors, and their weights are listed in the table below.

For each of the 256 U.S. counties with available data, we then gathered data on each factor from the sources listed below the table.

Finally, we calculated scores (out of 100 points) for each county to determine its rank in each factor, each category, and overall. A county’s Overall Score is the average of its scores across all factors and categories. The highest Overall Score ranked “Snowiest” (No. 1) and the lowest “Least Snowy” (No. 256).


  • The “Least Snowy” among individual factors may not be No. 256 due to ties.
  • Some location names (Census Area, Borough, or Municipality) are considered counties or their equivalents by the U.S. Census Bureau.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Be prepared to let it snow

Living in one of the snowiest counties doesn’t necessarily mean abundant snow days off from work or school. Regions with high annual snowfall are accustomed to it and typically have the right equipment and infrastructure ready to handle ice and flurries. 

No matter where you live, set your family up for success when snow strikes:

Snow can also suffocate, flood, or otherwise damage your lawn. Use the following tips to help your property recover from winter damage:

Lawn Love connects you to the best snow removal crews near you to keep your driveways, sidewalks, and roofs clear of the white stuff while you stay cozy and warm indoors.

Media resources

Quotes from Lawn Love Editor-in-Chief Jeff Herman:

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Sav Maive

Sav Maive is a writer and director based in San Antonio. Sav is a graduate from the University of Virginia and is a loving cat and plant mom.