The 10 Snowiest Cities In North Dakota For 2021


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

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

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 North Dakota 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 Bowman, the snowiest place in North Dakota.

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

The 10 Snowiest Cities In North Dakota For 2021

  1. Bowman
  2. Fargo
  3. West Fargo
  4. Bismarck
  5. Horace
  6. Mandan
  7. Watford City
  8. Minot
  9. Burlington
  10. Surrey

What's the snowiest place in North Dakota with more than 1,000 people? That would be Bowman with an average annual snowfall of 54.1 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 North Dakota or the cheapest places in North Dakota.

The 10 Snowiest Cities In North Dakota For 2021

Bowman, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,677
Average Annual Snowfall: 54.1 inches
More on Bowman: Real Estate

Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 113,464
Average Annual Snowfall: 52.1 inches
More on Fargo: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

West Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,892
Average Annual Snowfall: 50.7 inches
More on West Fargo: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bismarck, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 66,980
Average Annual Snowfall: 50.1 inches
More on Bismarck: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Horace, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,523
Average Annual Snowfall: 49.8 inches
More on Horace: Real Estate

Mandan, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,962
Average Annual Snowfall: 48.7 inches
More on Mandan: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Watford City, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,728
Average Annual Snowfall: 48.2 inches
More on Watford City: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 46,194
Average Annual Snowfall: 47.5 inches
More on Minot: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,234
Average Annual Snowfall: 47.5 inches
More on Burlington: Real Estate

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,054
Average Annual Snowfall: 46.5 inches
More on Surrey: Real Estate

How We Determined The Cities In North Dakota With The Most Snow

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

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

  • Fargo -- 52.1 inches
  • Bismarck -- 50.1 inches
  • Grand Forks -- 43.3 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 North Dakota with at least snow snowfall:

  1. Harvey -- 27.6 inches
  2. Wahpeton -- 30.6 inches
  3. New Rockford -- 33.3 inches

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Snowiest Places In North Dakota

Rank City Snow (Inches) Population
1 Bowman 54.1 1,677
2 Fargo 52.1 113,464
3 West Fargo 50.7 29,892
4 Bismarck 50.1 66,980
5 Horace 49.8 2,523
6 Mandan 48.7 19,962
7 Watford City 48.2 3,728
8 Minot 47.5 46,194
9 Burlington 47.5 1,234
10 Surrey 46.5 1,054
11 Parshall 46.4 1,071
12 Minot Afb 45.5 5,890
13 Grand Forks Afb 45.1 2,663
14 Williston 44.6 22,051
15 Larimore 44.6 1,513
16 Lincoln 44.2 3,093
17 Bottineau 43.8 2,273
18 Stanley 43.8 2,118
19 Thompson 43.4 1,067
20 Grand Forks 43.3 54,944
21 Hillsboro 43.3 1,673
22 Velva 43.2 1,132
23 Lisbon 42.5 2,081
24 Langdon 42.2 1,833
25 Carrington 41.1 2,011
26 Ellendale 41.0 1,466
27 Jamestown 40.6 15,418
28 Cooperstown 40.4 1,091
29 New Town 40.3 2,306
30 Mayville 40.3 1,787
31 Tioga 40.1 1,072
32 Grafton 39.9 4,282
33 Hettinger 39.9 1,233
34 Devils Lake 39.7 7,275
35 Washburn 39.6 1,421
36 Fort Totten 39.0 1,284
37 Linton 38.8 1,042
38 Oakes 38.5 1,975
39 Shell Valley 37.9 1,396
40 Casselton 37.8 2,466
41 Walhalla 37.8 1,084
42 Crosby 37.7 1,064
43 Garrison 37.4 1,377
44 Rugby 37.2 3,112
45 Park River 37.2 1,480
46 Hazen 36.9 2,578
47 Cavalier 36.4 1,230
48 Belcourt 36.2 1,904
49 Rolla 36.1 1,316
50 Valley City 35.8 6,626
51 Beulah 35.2 3,286
52 Dickinson 34.9 21,097
53 Cando 34.4 1,089
54 New Rockford 33.3 1,428
55 Wahpeton 30.6 7,835
56 Harvey 27.6 1,920

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