When Does it Start to Snow in Boston?

Boston, Massachusetts, has a long history of experiencing significant snowfall due to its location in the northeastern United States, where winters can be cold and snowy.

In Boston, the snow season typically begins in late fall and extends through the winter months. The first snowfall can occur as early as October, but it is more common to see significant snowfall starting in November or December.

Does it Snow in Boston at Christmas?

It does not snow often before or on Christmas, but it has happened. It might surprise you to know that there have only been 27 white Christmases recorded in the Boston area since 1892.

A snowy day at the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, Mass

A white Christmas is defined as one inch of snow on the ground on the morning of December 25. The record for snow depth in Boston on Christmas morning was 11 inches in 1995 and the last time there was snow on the ground on Christmas was in 2009.

What Month Has the Most Snow in Boston?

The peak of the snow season in Boston is usually during January and February. On average, Boston receives about 43 inches of snow per year. The majority of this snowfall occurs during the winter months, with January typically being the snowiest month.

Managing snowfall in a city like Boston requires effective snow removal efforts. The city is equipped with snowplows, salt spreaders, and other equipment to clear roads and sidewalks. Snow emergencies are declared and parking restrictions put in place to facilitate snow removal.

When Does it Stop Snowing in Boston?

The end of snowfall in Boston, Massachusetts, typically occurs as winter transitions into spring. In general, the snow season starts to wind down in March and April. By this time, temperatures begin to rise, and the days get longer, leading to a gradual warming of the atmosphere.

March is still a winter month, and snowfall can occur during this time. However, as April progresses, the chances of significant snowfall decrease. By late April, Boston is usually experiencing milder temperatures, and any snow that falls tends to melt quickly.

Snow Scene on Boston Common on February 29, 1884

Major snow storms do occasionally happen in the spring though. On April 1, 1997, Boston received 22.4 inches of snow in what became known as the April Fool’s Day Storm.

On April 4-5, 2016, Boston broke a snowfall record when it received 6.6 inches of snow. On April 13 in 1918, Boston received 4.2 inches of snow and on that same day in 1933, the city received five inches of snow.

On May 9, 1977, a snowstorm dumped 20 inches of snow on parts of Massachusetts but coastal areas like Boston only received about ½ inch of snow.

Boston’s history with snowfall showcases the city’s resilience in the face of challenging winter conditions and the importance of effective winter weather preparedness and response.

If you enjoy winter in Boston, check out this article on winter attractions in Boston.

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About William Briscoe

William Briscoe is a seasoned travel blogger and adventurer based in Massachusetts. With a passion for exploring hidden gems and sharing his travel experiences, Briscoe's website, "Mass Attractions," has become a go-to resource for those seeking seasonal attractions in Massachusetts. In addition to his website, William has contributed travel stories and articles to various travel publications, and his work has been featured in several magazines and online platforms. He also collaborates with tourism boards and travel companies to promote sustainable and responsible travel practices. William enjoys exploring the scenic beauty of New England, spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, and experimenting with classical New England recipes in his kitchen. He holds a degree in English Literature from Boston University, which he believes laid the foundation for his writing skills.

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