5 Incredible USA Snowfall Records

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Mt. Shasta, CA.
14,621-foot Mt. Shasta, CA.

Below is a list of 5 incredible USA snowfall records.  3 of the 5 records happened in California.

North America is well known for its large snowfall amounts.  We suspect that many of these records may actually be world records.  Japan is one place that may rival North America because of its unique geography that creates vicious amounts of “sea-effect” snowfall.

The USA averages 105 snow storms per year, which certainly helps us rack up the snowfall totals.

Mt. Shasta, CA
Mt. Shasta, CA

1.  Most Snowfall in a Single Storm = 189″ (15.75′) at Mt. Shasta, CA

– February 13th-19th, 1959

– This record actually occurred at Mt. Shasta ski bowl on Shasta’s lower slopes

Tamarack, CA.
Tamarack, CA.

2.  Most Snowfall in One Month = 390″ (32.5′) at Tamarack, CA

– January, 1911

Tamarack, CA.
Tamarack, CA.

3.  Greatest Snow Depth on Record = 451″ (37.5′) at Tamarack, CA

– March 11th, 1911

– There are some reports of a snow depth of 465.4 inches at Mt. ibuki, Japan on February 14th, 1927, but they are unconfirmed

Silver Lake, CO.
Silver Lake, CO.

4.  Most Snowfall in 24 Hours = 75.8″ (over 6 ‘) at Silver Lake, CO

– April 14th-15th, 1921

– Original document proving accuracy of Silver Lake storm:  NOAA

Mt. Baker, WA in the background with Mt. Baker ski area sidecountry in the foreground.
Mt. Baker, WA in the background with Mt. Baker ski area sidecountry in the foreground.

5.  Most Snow in a Single Season = 1,140″ (95′) at Mt. Baker Ski Area, WA

– Mount Baker Ski Area (4,200 feet elevation) between July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999


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