Winter is on its way, and for many parts of the U.S., that means preparing for the good (sledding, skiing, snowmen) and bad (traffic accidents, shoveling driveways) of snow.
Of course, snow isn’t divvied across the U.S. equally. Some areas get way more winter precipitation than others. Meteorologists at The Weather Channel, curious to know which areas should be crowned as “Snow Kings,” pulled 30 years’ worth of data to see what city in each state has the highest snowfall averages.
“After inspecting each state's winner for any missing or otherwise erroneous data, here's what we came up with,” says meteorologist Danielle Banks.
Who’s the leader nationwide? If you said Alaska, you’re not even close. Valdez, Alaska wins the title of “snowiest area in Alaska” with 314" of average annual snow. But it’s Washington state that takes the crown, with Mount Rainier seeing an average of 645" of snow fall each year. Several other states in the West, Rockies and Northeast also clock more than 200" in the mountainous areas of those states.
For Midwesterners who love snow, Banks says there’s only one place to go.
“If you are at all familiar with Midwest winters, it won't surprise you to learn that the snowiest place in the Midwest is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,” she says.
Herman, Mich., leads the pack in the Midwest, averaging 214" of snow per year. Other notables include:
- Lead, S.D. – 195.9"
- Hurley, Wisc. – 162.2"
- Cardon, Ohio – 109.2"
- Duluth, Minn. – 86.5"
- South Bend, Ind. – 66.8"
[Source: The Weather Channel]
The Southern U.S. finds itself lacking big snow totals (with a few notable exceptions in the Appalachians). Still, snow is not exempt from the South. In northern Alabama, the community of Valley Head sees 6.1" on average. Even the Florida panhandle can get a dusting now and then – the state champion is Milton, Fla., with 0.2" average snowfall totals.
For a complete list of the snowiest parts of all 50 states, click here.
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