Which is the snowiest state in the United States?
Love the snow? Looking for place to ski? Look no further than the North East’s ‘Green Mountain’ state, which gets the most snow annually.
There are quite a few places in the United States which see their fair share of powder dumped on them every winter, but which state receives the most during the cold months of the year? Let’s find out.
The U.S.A. is a place of varying weather conditions
When you take a good look at the United States from a geographical point of view, you’ve got to admit that it’s a truly fascinating place. Across the large swath of land, you can go from snowcapped mountains, all the way to deserts and even temperate forests, not to mention the marshlands, swamps and bayous of the south. Indeed, the country contains one of the world’s hottest places, and each state experiences extreme weather conditions in completely different ways. While some states receive little to no snow annually, there are others that you could mistake for the North Pole during months.
This of course brings us to the varying categories of snow related weather. According to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, there are in fact several types of winter weather which include snowstorms, lake effect storms, and snow squalls. To be clear, each of them can result in long lasting winters and of course snow-covered surfaces for months on end. With that said, the question remains as to which state receives the most snow per year? Let’s find out
Vermont is the king of snow
Set in the ‘Great Northeast’ of the country, Vermont is without doubt the snowiest state in the U.S.A. and by some distance. With an average snowfall of over 89 inches, the state has even been known to cross the 200-inch mark in some of its snowier years. If you’re wondering why that’s the case, we can tell you that one of the main contributing factors is that Vermont is landlocked, which is to say there are no coastal areas to moderate winter temperatures. On the other hand, the ‘Green Mountain State’ still receives blizzard conditions which are the result of coastal conditions in other surrounding states.
To be frank, these storms normally lead to a whole lot of snow being dumped onto the state. Then of course, there’s the other factor which are the aforementioned mountains. The Green Mountains of Vermont essentially act as a catalyst in the creation of maximum snowfall because of their positioning. On the bright side, Vermont is possibly one of the best places to ski in the country and it most certainly is in New England.