The 10 Snowiest Cities In West Virginia For 2021


We looked at the data to see which cities in West Virginia 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 West Virginia.

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 West Virginia 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 Elkins, the snowiest place in West Virginia.

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

The 10 Snowiest Cities In West Virginia For 2021

  1. Elkins
  2. Beckley
  3. Buckhannon
  4. Oak Hill
  5. Keyser
  6. Grafton
  7. Fairmont
  8. Bridgeport
  9. Charleston
  10. Bluefield

What's the snowiest place in West Virginia with more than 5,000 people? That would be Elkins with an average annual snowfall of 76.9 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 West Virginia or the cheapest places in West Virginia.

The 10 Snowiest Cities In West Virginia For 2021

Elkins, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,244
Average Annual Snowfall: 76.9 inches
More on Elkins: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Beckley, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,375
Average Annual Snowfall: 50.3 inches
More on Beckley: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Buckhannon, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,650
Average Annual Snowfall: 45.4 inches
More on Buckhannon: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Oak Hill, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,249
Average Annual Snowfall: 44.0 inches
More on Oak Hill: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Keyser, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,320
Average Annual Snowfall: 39.3 inches
More on Keyser: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Grafton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,173
Average Annual Snowfall: 37.7 inches
More on Grafton: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Fairmont, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,773
Average Annual Snowfall: 36.9 inches
More on Fairmont: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bridgeport, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,338
Average Annual Snowfall: 32.9 inches
More on Bridgeport: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 50,566
Average Annual Snowfall: 31.5 inches
More on Charleston: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bluefield, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,431
Average Annual Snowfall: 30.9 inches
More on Bluefield: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Cities In West Virginia With The Most Snow

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

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

  • Charleston -- 31.5 inches
  • Huntington -- 14.1 inches
  • Parkersburg -- 14.9 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 West Virginia with at least snow snowfall:

  1. Huntington -- 14.1 inches
  2. Parkersburg -- 14.9 inches
  3. Pea Ridge -- 15.7 inches

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Snowiest Places In West Virginia

Rank City Snow (Inches) Population
1 Elkins 76.9 7,244
2 Beckley 50.3 17,375
3 Buckhannon 45.4 5,650
4 Oak Hill 44.0 8,249
5 Keyser 39.3 5,320
6 Grafton 37.7 5,173
7 Fairmont 36.9 18,773
8 Bridgeport 32.9 8,338
9 Charleston 31.5 50,566
10 Bluefield 30.9 10,431
11 Princeton 29.2 6,082
12 Brookhaven 28.7 5,384
13 South Charleston 27.6 13,276
14 Morgantown 26.8 30,164
15 Cheat Lake 26.6 9,219
16 Dunbar 26.6 7,798
17 Clarksburg 25.8 16,347
18 Cross Lanes 25.2 10,567
19 St. Albans 24.1 10,882
20 New Martinsville 24.1 5,295
21 Weirton 23.5 19,432
22 Nitro 23.0 6,711
23 Martinsburg 22.5 17,564
24 Charles Town 19.7 5,587
25 Wheeling 18.4 27,894
26 Moundsville 17.7 8,888
27 Teays Valley 16.5 13,848
28 Vienna 15.8 10,623
29 Hurricane 15.8 6,388
30 Pea Ridge 15.7 6,323
31 Parkersburg 14.9 31,133
32 Huntington 14.1 48,944

About Chris Kolmar

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