The 10 Snowiest Cities In Washington For 2021


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

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

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 Washington 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 Mead, the snowiest place in Washington.

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

What's the snowiest place in Washington with more than 5,000 people? That would be Mead with an average annual snowfall of 50.0 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 Washington or the cheapest places in Washington.

The 10 Snowiest Cities In Washington For 2021

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6
/10

Population: 7,363
Average Annual Snowfall: 50.0 inches
More on Mead: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

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5
/10

Population: 6,449
Average Annual Snowfall: 48.5 inches
More on Airway Heights: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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6
/10

Population: 8,262
Average Annual Snowfall: 45.1 inches
More on Fairwood Cdp (Spokane County): Real Estate

Spokane, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 210,695
Average Annual Snowfall: 44.9 inches
More on Spokane: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Cheney, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,171
Average Annual Snowfall: 44.5 inches
More on Cheney: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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7
/10

Population: 5,573
Average Annual Snowfall: 42.7 inches
More on Country Homes: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

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6
/10

Population: 5,481
Average Annual Snowfall: 42.7 inches
More on Town And Country: Real Estate

Spokane Valley, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 92,286
Average Annual Snowfall: 41.1 inches
More on Spokane Valley: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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6
/10

Population: 6,792
Average Annual Snowfall: 40.5 inches
More on Otis Orchards-East Farms: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Pullman, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 31,502
Average Annual Snowfall: 36.2 inches
More on Pullman: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Cities In Washington With The Most Snow

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

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

  • Seattle -- 5.0 inches
  • Spokane -- 44.9 inches
  • Tacoma -- 3.9 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 Washington with at least snow snowfall:

  1. Aberdeen -- 0.8 inches
  2. Ocean Shores -- 1.6 inches
  3. Hazel Dell -- 1.7 inches

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Snowiest Places In Washington

Rank City Snow (Inches) Population
1 Mead 50.0 7,363
2 Airway Heights 48.5 6,449
3 Fairwood Cdp (Spokane County) 45.1 8,262
4 Spokane 44.9 210,695
5 Cheney 44.5 11,171
6 Country Homes 42.7 5,573
7 Town And Country 42.7 5,481
8 Spokane Valley 41.1 92,286
9 Otis Orchards-East Farms 40.5 6,792
10 Pullman 36.2 31,502
11 Liberty Lake 32.9 8,269
12 Terrace Heights 27.7 6,952
13 North Bend 25.1 6,305
14 East Wenatchee 24.6 13,473
15 Wenatchee 24.4 32,950
16 Quincy 23.0 7,163
17 Ellensburg 21.9 18,637
18 Selah 20.7 7,531
19 Ephrata 20.4 7,948
20 Union Gap 20.4 6,042
21 Yakima 20.2 93,261
22 Wapato 17.9 5,075
23 Clarkston Heights-Vineland 16.9 6,590
24 West Clarkston-Highland 16.9 5,470
25 Toppenish 16.8 9,006
26 Moses Lake 16.6 21,579
27 Clarkston 15.4 7,330
28 Duvall 13.4 7,373
29 Othello 12.4 7,624
30 Snoqualmie 11.1 12,115
31 Walla Walla 10.4 31,957
32 College Place 9.1 8,957
33 Elk Plain 9.0 14,252
34 Lake Tapps 9.0 12,710
35 Prairie Ridge 9.0 12,495
36 Edgewood 9.0 9,600
37 Midland 9.0 8,349
38 Gig Harbor 9.0 7,918
39 Summit 9.0 7,467
40 Summit View 9.0 7,014
41 Clover Creek 9.0 6,792
42 Fircrest 9.0 6,612
43 Wollochet 9.0 5,930
44 Sunnyside 8.8 16,204
45 Birch Bay 8.7 8,404
46 Tumwater 8.6 18,478
47 Ferndale 8.2 12,355
48 Olympia 7.9 48,941
49 Connell 7.6 5,359
50 Lynden 7.4 12,886
51 Sudden Valley 7.2 6,815
52 Grandview 7.1 11,083
53 Tanglewilde 7.1 6,110
54 Maple Valley 6.7 24,682
55 Eastmont 6.7 21,274
56 Tukwila 6.7 19,757
57 Bothell West 6.7 19,088
58 Mill Creek East 6.7 17,967
59 Martha Lake 6.7 17,163
60 White Center 6.7 14,728
61 Lakeland South 6.7 13,460
62 Lake Forest Park 6.7 13,059
63 Klahanie 6.7 11,586
64 Maltby 6.7 11,220
65 East Renton Highlands 6.7 11,092
66 Newcastle 6.7 10,994
67 Lake Morton-Berrydale 6.7 9,921
68 Alderwood Manor 6.7 9,337
69 Bothell East 6.7 9,307
70 Picnic Point 6.7 9,094
71 Lake Stickney 6.7 8,930
72 Normandy Park 6.7 6,568
73 Brier 6.7 6,443
74 Hobart 6.7 6,362
75 Woods Creek 6.7 5,652
76 Lacey 6.6 44,825
77 Bellingham 6.5 82,944
78 Seatac 6.4 27,859
79 Yelm 6.4 7,701
80 Monroe 6.3 17,734
81 Burien 6.1 49,785
82 Sedro-Woolley 6.0 10,673
83 Des Moines 5.9 30,715
84 Centralia 5.7 16,683
85 Shelton 5.7 9,810
86 Bryn Mawr-Skyway 5.6 16,473
87 Arlington 5.5 18,578
88 Renton 5.4 97,234
89 Mount Vernon 5.4 32,957
90 Issaquah 5.3 33,682
91 Fairwood Cdp (King County) 5.3 20,032
92 Chehalis 5.3 7,314
93 Stanwood 5.3 6,560
94 Covington 5.2 18,689
95 Kent 5.1 124,292
96 Enumclaw 5.1 11,494
97 Seattle 5.0 653,017
98 Richland 5.0 52,291
99 Sammamish 5.0 50,163
100 Mercer Island 5.0 24,120

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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