The 10 Snowiest Cities In California For 2022


We looked at the data to see which cities in California have the most snow every year.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our first time ranking the snowiest cities in California.

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 California 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 El Dorado Hills, the snowiest place in California.

So, put on your parkas, snow boots and your gloves and let's go outside to see which California cities get dumped on the most every year. After analyzing all the cities in California with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the 10 snowiest cities in Golden State.

What's the snowiest place in California with more than 5,000 people? That would be El Dorado Hills with an average annual snowfall of 87.4 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 California or the cheapest places in California.

The 10 Snowiest Cities In California For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,264
Average Annual Snowfall: 87.4 inches
More on El Dorado Hills: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

South Lake Tahoe, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,437
Average Annual Snowfall: 87.4 inches
More on South Lake Tahoe: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,437
Average Annual Snowfall: 87.4 inches
More on Cameron Park: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,459
Average Annual Snowfall: 87.4 inches
More on Diamond Springs: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Placerville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,471
Average Annual Snowfall: 87.4 inches
More on Placerville: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,797
Average Annual Snowfall: 87.4 inches
More on Pollock Pines: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Truckee, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,184
Average Annual Snowfall: 72.3 inches
More on Truckee: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Grass Valley, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,855
Average Annual Snowfall: 72.3 inches
More on Grass Valley: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 6,624
Average Annual Snowfall: 72.3 inches
More on Alta Sierra: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,375
Average Annual Snowfall: 72.3 inches
More on Lake Wildwood: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

How We Determined The Cities In California With The Most Snow

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

Before we get too far, here are the annual snowfall rates for major cities:

  • Los Angeles -- 0.2 inches
  • San Diego -- 1.2 inches
  • San Jose -- 1.6 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 California with at least snow snowfall:

  1. Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente -- 0.1 inches
  2. Oakdale -- 0.1 inches
  3. Riverbank -- 0.1 inches

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Snowiest Places In California

Rank City Snow (Inches) Population
1 El Dorado Hills 87.4 43,264
2 South Lake Tahoe 87.4 21,437
3 Cameron Park 87.4 19,437
4 Diamond Springs 87.4 12,459
5 Placerville 87.4 10,471
6 Pollock Pines 87.4 6,797
7 Truckee 72.3 16,184
8 Grass Valley 72.3 12,855
9 Alta Sierra 72.3 6,624
10 Lake Wildwood 72.3 5,375
11 Roseville 54.3 126,327
12 Rocklin 54.3 59,727
13 Lincoln 54.3 45,038
14 Granite Bay 54.3 22,387
15 North Auburn 54.3 14,496
16 Auburn 54.3 13,785
17 Loomis 54.3 6,648
18 Mammoth Lakes 37.1 8,104
19 Susanville 33.8 16,048
20 Red Bluff 28.0 14,065
21 Corning 28.0 7,586
22 Yreka 26.7 7,635
23 Rancho Calaveras 20.4 6,023
24 Linda 15.3 18,256
25 Olivehurst 15.3 14,293
26 Marysville 15.3 12,161
27 Plumas Lake 15.3 6,548
28 Redding 14.1 91,063
29 Shasta Lake 14.1 10,146
30 Anderson 14.1 10,122
31 Visalia 13.4 127,842
32 Tulare 13.4 61,204
33 Porterville 13.4 55,218
34 Dinuba 13.4 23,243
35 Lindsay 13.4 12,980
36 Farmersville 13.4 10,704
37 Exeter 13.4 10,481
38 Orosi 13.4 8,796
39 Earlimart 13.4 8,709
40 Woodlake 13.4 7,525
41 East Porterville 13.4 6,395
42 San Bernardino 9.0 214,112
43 Fontana 9.0 203,677
44 Rancho Cucamonga 9.0 171,858
45 Ontario 9.0 168,218
46 Victorville 9.0 120,703
47 Rialto 9.0 102,018
48 Hesperia 9.0 92,309
49 Chino 9.0 82,208
50 Chino Hills 9.0 76,796
51 Upland 9.0 75,542
52 Apple Valley 9.0 71,083
53 Redlands 9.0 70,186
54 Highland 9.0 54,314
55 Colton 9.0 53,566
56 Yucaipa 9.0 52,739
57 Montclair 9.0 38,025
58 Adelanto 9.0 32,059
59 Twentynine Palms 9.0 25,769
60 Bloomington 9.0 24,864
61 Loma Linda 9.0 23,751
62 Barstow 9.0 23,281
63 Yucca Valley 9.0 21,258
64 Phelan 9.0 13,719
65 Big Bear City 9.0 13,535
66 Muscoy 9.0 12,417
67 Grand Terrace 9.0 12,331
68 Lake Arrowhead 9.0 11,333
69 Mentone 9.0 9,844
70 Oak Hills 9.0 9,363
71 Crestline 9.0 9,240
72 Fort Irwin 9.0 9,238
73 Spring Valley Lake 9.0 7,849
74 Joshua Tree 9.0 7,357
75 Silver Lakes 9.0 5,992
76 Lucerne Valley 9.0 5,425
77 Big Bear Lake 9.0 5,145
78 Chico 7.4 88,455
79 Paradise 7.4 26,289
80 Oroville 7.4 16,060
81 Magalia 7.4 11,306
82 Oroville East 7.4 8,136
83 Thermalito 7.4 7,119
84 Gridley 7.4 6,579
85 South Oroville 7.4 6,124
86 Palermo 7.4 5,895
87 Durham 7.4 5,637
88 Fresno 7.0 510,451
89 Clovis 7.0 100,437
90 Reedley 7.0 25,092
91 Sanger 7.0 24,700
92 Selma 7.0 24,017
93 Coalinga 7.0 16,940
94 Parlier 7.0 14,870
95 Kerman 7.0 14,285
96 Kingsburg 7.0 11,681
97 Mendota 7.0 11,402
98 Orange Cove 7.0 9,565
99 Firebaugh 7.0 8,084
100 Huron 7.0 6,792

About Chris Kolmar

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