The 10 Snowiest Cities In New York For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our first time ranking the snowiest cities in New York.

Sure, a Saturday morning right after a foot of fluffy snow is the best thing ever. But that same amount of snow on Tuesday in New York can make a commute last forever. So just imagine 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.

This is about the time of year when you're just about ready for spring -- especially in Oswego, the snowiest place in New York.

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 the cities in New York with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the 10 snowiest cities in Empire State.

What's the snowiest place in New York with more than 5,000 people? That would be Oswego with an average annual snowfall of 136.6 inches.

Read on below to see where your town ranked, you snow angels.

And if you already knew these places were snowy, check out the best places to live in New York or the cheapest places in New York.

The 10 Snowiest Cities In New York For 2021

Oswego, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,988
Average Annual Snowfall: 136.6 inches
More on Oswego: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,985
Average Annual Snowfall: 130.5 inches
More on Fort Drum: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Watertown, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 27,250
Average Annual Snowfall: 122.7 inches
More on Watertown: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fredonia, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,881
Average Annual Snowfall: 118.3 inches
More on Fredonia: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Syracuse, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 144,564
Average Annual Snowfall: 110.6 inches
More on Syracuse: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,713
Average Annual Snowfall: 109.8 inches
More on Fulton: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

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7
/10

Population: 10,106
Average Annual Snowfall: 108.3 inches
More on Fairmount: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Baldwinsville, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,692
Average Annual Snowfall: 108.3 inches
More on Baldwinsville: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

North Syracuse, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,641
Average Annual Snowfall: 108.3 inches
More on North Syracuse: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,490
Average Annual Snowfall: 108.3 inches
More on Solvay: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

How We Determined The Cities In New York With The Most Snow

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 -- 25.4 inches
  • Buffalo -- 88.6 inches
  • Rochester -- 85.0 inches

There's a complete chart at the bottom.

If you're curious, here are the places that get the least amount of snow in New York with at least snow snowfall:

  1. Carle Place -- 20.4 inches
  2. East Garden City -- 20.7 inches
  3. Uniondale -- 21.3 inches

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Snowiest Places In New York

Rank City Snow (Inches) Population
1 Oswego 136.6 17,988
2 Fort Drum 130.5 13,985
3 Watertown 122.7 27,250
4 Fredonia 118.3 10,881
5 Syracuse 110.6 144,564
6 Fulton 109.8 11,713
7 Fairmount 108.3 10,106
8 Baldwinsville 108.3 7,692
9 North Syracuse 108.3 6,641
10 Solvay 108.3 6,490
11 Mattydale 108.3 6,434
12 Westvale 108.3 5,210
13 Rome 107.5 32,916
14 Oneida 106.1 11,252
15 West Seneca 105.2 45,089
16 Lackawanna 105.2 18,019
17 Ilion 105.0 8,066
18 Jamestown 104.3 30,546
19 Saranac Lake 102.2 5,727
20 Auburn 101.3 27,264
21 Eggertsville 97.1 15,675
22 Kenmore 97.1 15,271
23 Depew 97.1 15,227
24 Tonawanda 97.1 15,000
25 East Aurora 97.1 6,251
26 Harris Hill 97.1 5,499
27 Williamsville 97.1 5,269
28 Salamanca 96.2 5,686
29 Utica 90.8 61,628
30 Cortland 90.2 19,134
31 Buffalo 88.6 259,517
32 University At Buffalo 85.9 6,174
33 Rochester 85.0 210,745
34 Dunkirk 83.9 12,308
35 North Tonawanda 83.2 31,077
36 Greece 80.5 14,568
37 North Gates 80.5 9,756
38 Brockport 80.5 8,428
39 Hilton 80.5 5,936
40 Fairport 80.5 5,362
41 Niagara Falls 80.2 49,435
42 Batavia 79.1 15,188
43 Oneonta 77.5 13,862
44 Gloversville 74.4 15,293
45 Johnstown 74.3 8,500
46 South Lockport 74.1 7,788
47 Amsterdam 73.6 18,157
48 Binghamton 73.3 46,495
49 Norwich 71.9 7,032
50 Glens Falls North 71.3 8,494
51 West Glens Falls 71.3 7,670
52 Johnson City 71.2 14,903
53 Endicott 71.2 13,143
54 Endwell 71.2 11,445
55 Lockport 71.1 20,857
56 Canandaigua 65.9 10,499
57 South Hill 65.8 6,501
58 Olean 65.6 14,099
59 Glens Falls 65.5 14,496
60 Medina 65.5 5,936
61 Ithaca 64.0 30,565
62 Saratoga Springs 63.5 27,244
63 Hornell 61.9 8,471
64 Hudson Falls 61.5 7,239
65 Ogdensburg 61.0 10,996
66 Ballston Spa 60.8 5,256
67 Scotia 60.7 7,744
68 East Glenville 60.0 6,621
69 Monticello 59.6 6,685
70 Schenectady 58.2 65,735
71 Plattsburgh 56.9 19,845
72 Seneca Falls 56.0 6,493
73 Highland 55.8 5,189
74 Geneva 54.7 13,157
75 Albany 53.6 98,468
76 Mechanicville 53.2 5,205
77 Kingston 50.9 23,625
78 Corning 50.3 11,059
79 Rensselaer 49.8 9,502
80 Westmere 49.5 6,758
81 Myers Corner 46.2 6,867
82 Fairview Cdp (Dutchess County) 46.2 5,700
83 Wappingers Falls 46.2 5,424
84 Cohoes 45.7 16,281
85 Watervliet 45.4 10,241
86 Middletown 45.2 27,828
87 Lake Carmel 44.0 8,294
88 Mahopac 44.0 8,083
89 Carmel Hamlet 44.0 6,542
90 Troy 43.4 49,933
91 Poughkeepsie 42.9 30,635
92 Jefferson Valley-Yorktown 41.8 14,923
93 Port Jervis 41.1 8,681
94 Big Flats 40.6 5,303
95 Hudson 39.6 6,572
96 Kiryas Joel 39.4 21,749
97 Scotchtown 39.4 9,061
98 New Windsor 39.4 8,691
99 Mechanicstown 39.4 7,130
100 Walden 39.4 6,886

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends. .

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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