Seasonal Snowfall Records

Seasonal snowfall records are listed below for each of the 5 climate sites within the Blacksburg area of responsibility. Each of the climate sites has varying periods of record. Lynchburg has the longest period of record, dating back to 1893. Note that the winter season of 1995 to 1996 brought the record highest snowfall to 3 of the sites, ( Lynchburg, Blacksburg and Bluefield), and is in the top 3 highest for the whole area. One storm, which lasted nearly 3 days from the 6 th through the 8 th of January, 1996, brought 2 feet or more of snowfall to the area and accounted for nearly half of the seasonal snowfall in 1995 to 1996.

If you are in your mid 40s or older and lived in the area in the 60s, you may have the idea that winters used to have more snow here. One of the most noticeable things in the data is that the decade of the 1960s must have had unusually heavy amounts of snow. The 1960s account for 6 of the 10 highest snowfall seasons at Roanoke and Danville, 5 at Lynchburg, and 4 at Blacksburg. In contrast, the records at Bluefield would indicate that the decade of the 1970s was at least as snowy as the 60s, with 3 of the top ten seasonal snowfalls in the 70s, and just 2 in the 60s. Since Bluefield is on the northwest side of the Appalachian Mountains, it tends to get heavy snowfall from different weather patterns than the other 5 climate sites.

Looking at the top 10 lowest seasonal snowfalls, it's apparent that seasonal totals less than 10 inches are not that unusual east of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Roanoke, Lynchburg and especially Danville. However, it's interesting to note that Roanoke and Lynchburg have never been shut out for a season, and even Danville usually records at least a minimal amount of snow. Further west at Blacksburg and especially Bluefield, the lowest seasonal snowfalls are higher. Most seasons Blacksburg will see at least 6 inches of snow, and Bluefield will see at least a foot of snow.


Roanoke Top 10 Seasonal Snowfalls 1948 - 2005

Highest Snowfalls

Season (Fall to Spring)   Lowest Snowfalls Season (Fall to Spring)
62.7 inches
1959 - 1960
 
1.2 inches
1990 - 1991
56.0 inches
1986 - 1987
 
2.3 inches
1975 - 1976
56.0 inches
1995 - 1996
 
3.7 inches
1956 - 1957
50.3 inches
1963 - 1964
 
4.0 inches
1996 - 1997
49.9 inches
1965 - 1966
 
5.0 inches
1991 - 1992
41.7 inches
1966 - 1967
 
6.0 inches
1984 - 1985
40.8 inches
1960 - 1961
 
7.0 inches
1998 - 1999
39.1 inches
1968 - 1969
 
7.4 inches
1949 - 1950
37.3 inches
1977 - 1978
 
7.7 inches
1951 - 1952
35.0 inches
1982 - 1983
 
8.4 inches
1987 - 1988

 

Lynchburg Top 10 Seasonal Snowfalls 1893 - 2005

Highest Snowfalls

Season (Fall to Spring)   Lowest Snowfalls Season (Fall to Spring)
56.8 inches
1995 - 1996
 
1.3 inches
1931 - 1932
45.2 inches
1959 - 1960
 
1.6 inches
1918 - 1919
45.2 inches
1961 - 1962
 
1.9 inches
1975 - 1976
45.1 inches
1986 - 1987
 
2.5 inches
1997 - 1998
38.2 inches
1965 - 1966
 
3.1 inches
1937 - 1938
37.2 inches
1966 - 1967
 
3.1 inches
1991 - 1992
35.4 inches
1917 - 1918
 
4.1 inches
1990 - 1991
35.0 inches
1981 - 1982
 
4.3 inches
1983 - 1984
34.9 inches
1968 - 1969
 
4.5 inches
1955 - 1956
33.0 inches
1979 - 1980
 
5.2inches
1941 - 1942

 

Danville Top 10 Seasonal Snowfalls 1948 - 2005

Highest Snowfalls

Season (Fall to Spring)   Lowest Snowfalls Season (Fall to Spring)
62.1 inches
1959 - 1960
 
0
1975 - 1976
38.0 inches
1967 - 1968
 
Trace
1990 - 1991
35.6 inches
1995 - 1996
 
0.4 inches
1998 - 1999
31.3 inches
1961 - 1962
 
0.6 inches
1949 - 1950
30.0 inches
1965 - 1966
 
0.6 inches
1956 - 1957
26.5 inches
1992 - 1993
 
1.0 inches
1991 - 1992
25.2 inches
2003 - 2004
 
1.0 inches
1996 - 1997
23.9 inches
1977 - 1978
 
1.2 inches
1955 - 1956
23.4 inches
1963 - 1964
 
1.9 inches
1994 - 1995
21.7 inches
1966 - 1967
 
2.0 inches
1952 - 1953

 

Blacksburg Top 10 Seasonal Snowfalls 1952 - 2005

Highest Snowfalls

Season (Fall to Spring)   Lowest Snowfalls Season (Fall to Spring)
75.4 inches
1995 - 1996
 
2.4 inches
1956 - 1957
52.0 inches
1965 - 1966
 
2.5 inches
1990 - 1991
47.3 inches
1963 - 1964
 
4.1 inches
1953 - 1954
45.4 inches
1997 - 1998
 
6.4 inches
2001 - 2002
43.1 inches
1962 - 1963
 
7.5 inches
1972 - 1973
41.6 inches
1986 - 1987
 
7.6 inches
1958 - 1959
38.6 inches
1959 - 1960
 
9.0 inches
1991 - 1992
35.7 inches
2002 - 2003
 
10.0 inches
1983 - 1984
35.6 inches
2003 - 2004
 
10.0 inches
1989 - 1990
35.0 inches
1977 - 1978
 
11.0 inches
1966 - 1967

 

Bluefield Top 10 Seasonal Snowfalls 1959 - 2005

Highest Snowfalls

Season (Fall to Spring)   Lowest Snowfalls Season (Fall to Spring)
77.8 inches
1995 - 1996
 
7.1 inches
1990 - 1991
72.8 inches
1959 - 1960
 
7.8 inches
1972 - 1973
67.9 inches
1986 - 1987
 
10.8 inches
1961 - 1962
60.4 inches
1997 - 1998
 
13.5 inches
1975 - 1976
57.1 inches
2004 - 2005
 
15.0 inches
1991 - 1992
52.5 inches
1970 - 1971
 
17.7 inches
1980 - 1981
50.3 inches
1976 - 1977
 
18.0 inches
1996 - 1997
49.6 inches
2003 - 2004
 
18.1 inches
1994 - 1995
48.6 inches
1968 - 1969
 
19.1 inches
1987 - 1988
48.0 inches
1977 - 1978
 
19.4 inches
1984 - 1985