(WTNH) – It won’t be long now until the leaves begin to change in Connecticut, highs drop below the 70s, and before we know it, snow will be in the forecast.
What is considered measurable snowfall?
According to the National Weather Service, a measurable snowfall is considered one-tenth of an inch or more.
When is the average first measurable snowfall across the state?
New Haven: November 17
Hartford: November 28
Waterbury: November 3
Bridgeport: November 21
New London: November 18
According to the National Weather Service, the earliest date for measurable snowfall in Hartford was October 10, 1979. Bridgeport saw its earliest snowfall on October 4, 1987. New London saw its earliest snowfall on November 12, 1987. The first day of measurable snowfall in Hartford in 2021 was December 8, which is not too far off from the average.
Yearly snowfall across the state
Connecticut can see snow anytime from November until April. Most of the snowfall is seen during the winter months – December, January, and February. On average, Hartford picks up 33.3 inches during the winter months. New Haven sees around 25.1 inches during the winter months.
Earliest snowfall over the last 10 years
Here’s the list of the first measurable snowfalls in Hartford in the last 10 years:
- December 8, 2021
- October 30, 2020
- December 1, 2019
- November 15, 2018
- December 9, 2017
- October 27, 2016
- December 29, 2015
- November 26, 2014
- December 6, 2013
- November 7, 2012
- October 29, 2011
What month typically sees the most average snowfall?
The month with the most snow in New Haven is January, with an average snowfall of 7.5 inches. On January 12, 2011, Hartford saw the most snowfall in one day with 24.0 inches.
New Haven wrapped up the last winter season with 27.7 inches of snowfall, with the majority of the accumulation in January and February. Hartford wrapped up the 2021-22 winter season with 31.5 inches, with the majority of the accumulation falling in February.