These 10 US cities had the highest snowfall totals this winter

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer
March 25, 2019, 12:46:38 PM EDT


The winter of 2018-2019 will be remembered as the wettest winter on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), due to relentless rain and snow, and AccuWeather, analyzing snowfall total data, has compiled a ranking of the top 10 U.S. cities that received the most snow this season.

The list is based on snowfall accumulations spanning the winter months of December to February, as March data is not yet available. AccuWeather then ranked these cities using snowfall records from the National Weather Service and NOAA's National Climate Report. Without further ado, here are the cities in descending order.

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10. Nome, Alaska

Nome, Alaska, has seen a seasonal amount of 62 inches (about 5.2 feet). In the month of February alone, Nome received about 35.6 inches of snow, the highest February snowfall reported in Nome since 1920, according to NOAA.

9. Rochester, New York

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Rochester, New York, received 63.5 inches (about 5.3 feet) of snow, with almost half of it falling in January.

8. Erie, Pennsylvania

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Snow is piled up outside of a home in Erie, Pennsylvania, after record snowfall. (Instagram photo/deecalabrese1)


Erie, Pennsylvania, received 65.7 inches (about 5.5 feet) this season -- a break for the city after last year. The 2017-2018 winter brought a snowfall amount of 198.5 inches (16.5 feet), which residents of Erie were hoping would break the Buffalo, New York, snowfall record of 199.4 inches (16.6 feet) for all U.S. cities with a population of at least 100,000 people.

7. Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth, Minnesota, reached an amount of 66.6 inches (about 5.6 feet) of snow–-about more than half of which was from February. According to NOAA, snowfall in February broke the city's highest total snowfall of the month at 36.4 inches.

6. Burlington, Vermont

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In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, photo, a parking meter is nearly covered by a snow bank in Montpelier, Vt. More than 81 inches has fallen this season in South Burlington, Vt., which is more than 2 feet above the average. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)


The city of Burlington, Vermont, received 67.7 inches (about 5.6 feet) of snow from December to February. Burlington received the largest share of its snowfall, 41.8 inches, in January.

5. Syracuse, New York

Syracuse, New York, received 74.9 inches (about 6.2 feet) of snow for the winter season.

The highest recorded snowfall for Syracuse was the winter of 1992-1993 with a seasonal snowfall of 192.1 inches (about 16 feet). The "Storm of the Century" dropped about 42 inches of snow in two days from March 13 to 14, 1993. Those two days still hold the March daily record for the highest snowfall from 1902 to present day.

4. Buffalo, New York

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A man is bundled up against bitter wind and blowing snow as he operates a snowblower, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. The area received more than a foot of snow since Tuesday and was under a blizzard warning. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)


Buffalo, New York, received 94.3 inches (about 7.9 feet) of snow so far this winter season. Although that's a lot of snow, it doesn't come close to the record the city previously set in the winter of 1976 to 1977 of 199.4 inches (about 16.6 feet), the same season as the Blizzard of '77.

The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning the day before for severe winds and a few inches of snow, but the conditions of the storm worsened overnight. The Blizzard of '77 lasted from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1, killing at least 29 people.

3. Flagstaff, Arizona

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Morgan Baggs shovels the driveway at his home in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)


Flagstaff, Arizona, received 95.7 inches (about 7.9 feet) so far this winter. A snowstorm on Feb. 21, 2019, shattered Flagstaff's daily snowfall record at 35.9 inches of snow (nearly 3 feet).

2. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received 101.8 inches (about 8.4 feet) of snow. The seasonal average snowfall of this city is 120.4 inches.

1. Caribou, Maine

A snowfall total of 114.2 inches (about 9.5 feet) was recorded in Caribou, Maine, landing the city at the top of the list in NOAA's report.

According to the National Weather Service, not only did the city's January snowfall amount of 59.8 inches shatter the old record of 44.5 inches, but it was also a tenth of an inch away from reaching the all-time snowiest month record set in December 1972 at 59.9 inches of snow. Needless to say, the photos that came out of Caribou this winter were nothing short of jaw-dropping.

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