These Are The 10 Snowiest Cities In New York


We looked at the data to see which cities in NY have the worst of the worst snow every year.

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It’s the dead of winter, and the time of year when the ground is frozen, the air is bone chilling, and there are piles of dirty, nasty ice encrusted snow all over the place. Sure, a Saturday morning right after a foot of fluffy snow is the best thing ever.

But for the most part, this is about the time of year when we’re just about ready for Spring.

So, put on your parkas, snow boots and your gloves and let’s go outside to see which New York cities get dumped on the most every year. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The 10 Snowiest Cities In New York:

  1. Oswego
  2. Rome
  3. Watertown
  4. Fairmount
  5. Geddes
  6. Onondaga
  7. De Witt
  8. Cicero
  9. Salina
  10. Syracuse

Read on below to see where your town ranked, you snow angels. (For smaller cities, Concord, a small town south of Buffalo, won with 164 inches. These are all for places with more than 10,000 people or more.)

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What snow measuring criteria did we use?

In order to rank the snowiest cities in New York, we only had to scrape the database of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to see which cities in the Empire State get the most annual snowfall.

Before we get too far, here are the annual snowfall rates for major cities: New York City 24 inches a year, Buffalo 82 inches, Rochester 86 inches, Ithaca 66 inches, Albany 40 inches. There’s a complete chart at the bottom.

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1. Oswego

Flickr user Doug Kerr

Population: 18,140
Annual snowfall: 120 inches

2. Rome

Flickr user Russ Nelson

Population: 33,562
Annual snowfall: 107 inches

3. Watertown

Flickr user wtrtwnguy

Population: 27,766
Annual snowfall: 106 inches

4. Fairmount

Flickr user Paul

Population: 10,702
Annual snowfall: 100.6 inches

5. Geddes

Flickr user ironmike9

Population: 17,088
Annual snowfall: 100.3 inches

6. Onondaga

Flickr user Jim Larrison

Population: 23,885
Annual snowfall: 100.1 inches

7. De Witt

Flickr user Jeffrey Beal

Population: 229,749
Annual snowfall: 100 inches

8. Cicero

Flickr user Zor Blaz

Population: 9,864
Annual snowfall: 100 inches

9. Salina

Flickr user Jeff Ward

Population: 18,585
Annual snowfall: 99.7 inches

10. Syracuse

Flickr user Matt C

Population: 17,261
Annual snowfall: 99.6 inches

Climbing out from under the data

If you’re measuring the locations in New York State with the most snowfall every year, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the places that get the least amount of snow in New York:

  1. Mount Pleasant – 11 inches
  2. Ossining – 11.2 inches
  3. New Castle – 11.2 inches
  4. North Castle – 11.4 inches
  5. Brentwood – 20 inches
  6. Below is a complete chart with the snowfall data for each New York City:

    City Snowfall Inches Per Year Rank
    Oswego 120 1
    Rome 107 2
    Watertown 106 3
    Fairmount 100 4
    Geddes 100 5
    Onondaga 100 6
    De Witt 100 7
    Cicero 100 8
    Salina 100 9
    Clay 100 10
    Syracuse 100 11
    Lancaster 99 12
    Elma 99 13
    West Seneca 99 14
    Jamestown 98 15
    Fulton 97 16
    Kirkland 92 17
    Whitestown 92 18
    Eggertsville 92 19
    Clarence 92 20
    Cortland 91 21
    Auburn 89 22
    Oneida 87 23
    Sullivan 87 24
    Van Buren 86 25
    Lysander 86 26
    Greece 86 27
    Ogden 86 28
    Chili 86 29
    Brighton 86 30
    Henrietta 86 31
    Irondequoit 86 32
    Rochester 86 33
    Batavia 85 34
    Chenango 84 35
    Depew 82 36
    Lackawanna 82 37
    Cheektowaga 82 38
    Amherst 82 39
    Buffalo 82 40
    Kenmore 82 41
    Grand Island 82 42
    North Tonawanda 82 43
    Tonawanda 82 44
    Oneonta 78 45
    Gloversville 78 46
    Utica 76 47
    Fallsburg 76 48
    German Flatts 72 49
    Fredonia 70 50
    Dunkirk 70 51
    Pomfret 70 52
    Massena 70 53
    Ontario 69 54
    Lockport 69 55
    Wheatfield 67 56
    Niagara Falls 67 57
    Ithaca 66 58
    Schodack 65 59
    Queensbury 65 60
    Malta 64 61
    Saratoga Springs 64 62
    Kingsbury 63 63
    Glens Falls 63 64
    Plattsburgh 63 65
    Halfmoon 63 66
    Guilderland 63 67
    Olean 63 68
    Rotterdam 62 69
    Glenville 62 70
    Clifton Park 62 71
    Schenectady 62 72
    Geneva 61 73
    Farmington 57 74
    Mamakating 57 75
    Moreau 57 76
    Thompson 57 77
    Wilton 57 78
    Beekman 57 79
    East Fishkill 57 80
    Ogdensburg 55 81
    Endwell 55 82
    Endicott 55 83
    Vestal 55 84
    Union 55 85
    Amsterdam 54 86
    Evans 53 87
    Sweden 52 88
    Parma 52 89
    Johnson City 52 90
    Binghamton 52 91
    Corning 51 92
    Penfield 47 93
    Perinton 47 94
    Wawarsing 47 95
    Brunswick 47 96
    Cohoes 47 97
    Troy 47 98
    Arcadia 46 99
    Elmira 43 100
    Lloyd 43 101
    Poughkeepsie 43 102
    Woodbury 43 103
    Ulster 42 104
    Kingston 42 105
    Middletown 42 106
    Shawangunk 41 107
    Beacon 41 108
    Newburgh 41 109
    Patterson 41 110
    Kent 41 111
    Southeast 41 112
    Carmel 41 113
    North Greenbush 40 114
    Blooming Grove 40 115
    Bethlehem 40 116
    Albany 40 117
    Haverstraw 39 118
    Stony Point 39 119
    Jefferson Valley-Yorktown 39 120
    Somers 39 121
    Peekskill 39 122
    Yorktown 39 123
    Cortlandt 39 124
    La Grange 38 125
    Wappinger 38 126
    Mount Kisco 38 127
    Putnam Valley 38 128
    Highlands 38 129
    Cornwall 38 130
    Kiryas Joel 38 131
    Dobbs Ferry 36 132
    Tarrytown 36 133
    Orangetown 36 134
    Greenburgh 36 135
    Rye 34 136
    Scarsdale 34 137
    Mamaroneck 34 138
    Eastchester 34 139
    White Plains 34 140
    Mount Vernon 34 141
    New Rochelle 34 142
    Yonkers 34 143
    Canandaigua 31 144
    Roosevelt 31 145
    Floral Park 31 146
    West Hempstead 31 147
    Garden City 31 148
    Franklin Square 31 149
    Elmont 31 150
    Hempstead 31 151
    Harrison 30 152
    Port Chester 30 153
    Middle Island 29 154
    North Bellport 29 155
    Patchogue 29 156
    Mastic Beach 29 157
    Mastic 29 158
    Farmingville 29 159
    Holtsville 29 160
    Selden 29 161
    East Patchogue 29 162
    Shirley 29 163
    Medford 29 164
    Coram 29 165
    Ridge 27 166
    Riverhead 27 167
    Manorville 27 168
    Hampton Bays 27 169
    Bellmore 27 170
    Lynbrook 27 171
    Merrick 27 172
    Baldwin 27 173
    Rockville Centre 27 174
    Oceanside 27 175
    Long Beach 27 176
    Freeport 27 177
    Wyandanch 25 178
    North Wantagh 25 179
    North Lindenhurst 25 180
    Salisbury 25 181
    North Merrick 25 182
    Jericho 25 183
    New Cassel 25 184
    South Farmingdale 25 185
    Westbury 25 186
    Seaford 25 187
    Port Washington 25 188
    Bethpage 25 189
    Massapequa Park 25 190
    Wantagh 25 191
    North Amityville 25 192
    East Massapequa 25 193
    Syosset 25 194
    Huntington 25 195
    North Massapequa 25 196
    Melville 25 197
    North Bellmore 25 198
    Copiague 25 199
    Massapequa 25 200
    Uniondale 25 201
    Plainview 25 202
    Glen Cove 25 203
    Lindenhurst 25 204
    Huntington Station 25 205
    East Meadow 25 206
    Hicksville 25 207
    West Babylon 25 208
    Levittown 25 209
    North New Hyde Park 25 210
    Mineola 25 211
    North Hempstead 25 212
    New York 24 213
    West Haverstraw 24 214
    Suffern 24 215
    Pearl River 24 216
    Monsey 24 217
    Nanuet 24 218
    Spring Valley 24 219
    New City 24 220
    Clarkstown 24 221
    Ramapo 24 222
    Lewisboro 22 223
    Mount Sinai 21 224
    Miller Place 21 225
    Terryville 21 226
    St. James 21 227
    Stony Brook 21 228
    Rocky Point 21 229
    Setauket-East Setauket 21 230
    Kings Park 21 231
    East Northport 21 232
    North Valley Stream 21 233
    Woodmere 21 234
    Valley Stream 21 235
    Bohemia 20 236
    Elwood 20 237
    Lake Grove 20 238
    Babylon 20 239
    Greenlawn 20 240
    Nesconset 20 241
    East Islip 20 242
    Sayville 20 243
    North Babylon 20 244
    Islip 20 245
    Ronkonkoma 20 246
    North Bay Shore 20 247
    Lake Ronkonkoma 20 248
    Hauppauge 20 249
    Smithtown 20 250
    Dix Hills 20 251
    Holbrook 20 252
    Deer Park 20 253
    Bay Shore 20 254
    West Islip 20 255
    Centereach 20 256
    Commack 20 257
    Central Islip 20 258
    Brentwood 20 259
    North Castle 11 260
    New Castle 11 261
    Ossining 11 262
    Mount Pleasant 11 263

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