The 11 States That Basically Never Get Any Snow

Written by Patrick MacFarland
Published: December 18, 2023
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As winter approaches, many people decide to go south for the winter. Like birds, people flock to warmer places to bask in the sun instead of shivering with cold while walking down the street. Some places in the US are lucky that during winter, they hardly get any snow. Although snow could be fun for one day, having to deal with it every day for a few months can get tiring. If you are looking for a crispier state during winter, look no further than here.

Let’s take a look at the 11 states that basically never get any snow. We’ll explore why these states hardly get any snow and other fun facts.

11. Tennessee

Rock with Snow in Richland Creek

The state of Tennessee experiences an average snowfall of 4.61 inches.

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Tennessee is located in the southeastern United States and it borders the Appalachian Mountains, which means that the more mountainous parts get more snow than the rest of the state. The southern portions of the state will get between 4 to 6 inches of snow, whereas the eastern parts can get upwards of 10 inches per year.

The place that gets the most snow in the state is Mount LeConte, which can get an average of 75 inches of snowfall every year. Due to climate change, the amount of snowfall that the state does get lasts very little and is decreasing, as well.

10. Arkansas

Snowy scene from Cameron Bluff, Mount Magazine, Arkansas

The state of Arkansas sees an average snowfall of 4.04 inches.

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Snowfall in Arkansas is quite rare. Usually, the mountain ranges located in the northern and western parts of the state receive snowfall. The Ozarks and the Ouachita mountain ranges will receive quite a bit of snowfall during the winter, but snowfall is usually light and doesn’t last very long.

The reality is that Arkansas’s winters are usually quite mild with rare instances of snowfall. During those rare moments of snowfall, residents of Arkansas can still enjoy the beautiful winter wonderlands that the snow has created.

9. California

Mammoth Mountain

An average snowfall of 3.76 inches is what California gets every year.

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The state of California has gone through a period in the past couple of decades where droughts are extremely prevalent. That is to say, that rain and snow are very welcome in the state because it desperately needs it. However, when it comes to snow, it’s quite rare.

The mountainous areas of the state received the most amount of snowfall. For example, the Sierra Nevadas, the Cascades, and the Siskiyou Mountains all receive many inches of snow during the winter. The Sierra Nevada snow that eventually becomes water is what provides the state with one-third of its water supply. The rest of the state seldom gets snow. There are anomalies to this, but usually, it happens, as the saying goes, once in a blue moon.

8. South Carolina

South Carolina

Winters in South Carolina are mild, but some areas can receive up to 12 inches of snow.

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South Carolina doesn’t get much snow, most probably because it’s located in the southeastern United States where the climate is hot and humid during the summer and mild during the winter. However, snowfall does exist in the state.

The snowiest places in South Carolina are usually near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountains can get up to 12 inches of snow during the winter. Overall, however, snowfall is rare in the state and that is why the average snowfall for South Carolina is so low.

7. Texas

Unusual snow in Downtown Houston and snowfall at Eleanor Park

The state of Texas sees an average snowfall of 1.36 inches.

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Like the state of California, the State of Texas does not see a lot of snow. However, the mountain ranges of the state are the snowiest places. The Guadalupe, Chisos, and Davis Mountains are where snowfall can happen. These mountain ranges also contribute to the water supply in Texas.

The snowfall goes into the rivers like the Rio Grande, the Colorado, and the Pecos River. Texas winters are usually characterized as mild but there are times when we can see colder temperatures. One such example was in February 2021 when snow completely decimated the entire state.

6. Georgia

Fog rises on the water of Lake Lanier in Georgia at sunrise under a blue and orange sky; landscape

An average snowfall of only 0.76 inches is what Georgia gets every year.

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Snowfall in Georgia is rare. Ultimately it comes down to where you are in the state. The Appalachian Mountains in northern Georgia will receive the most amount of snowfall. Even then, the snow lasts very little time and there is a lot of snowfall. Other than that, however, you won’t be seeing a lot of snow in Georgia. There have been anomalies, but those happen every 10 years or so.

5. Mississippi

Entrance to Mineral Springs Park in Iuka Mississippi

The state of Mississippi experiences an average snowfall of just 0.71 inches.

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Snowfall in Mississippi hardly happens. The reality is that the state experiences quite a nice winter. Summers are characterized by being hot and humid, but winters are mild. If the state does see snow, it will be located in the Appalachian Mountains in the northern part of the state. However, snow is usually rare and it does not last very long. There are, of course, anomalies that do happen every so often including cold spells.

4. Alabama

Winter scene of the Desoto Falls cascading over a rocky outcrop in a frosty forest, Alabama

The state of Alabama sees an average snowfall of only 0.57 inches.

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Just like Mississippi, Alabama is located in the Southern United States and it sits along the Gulf of Mexico. This means that the state does not get a lot of snow. If it does get snow, it will be concentrated in the mountain ranges that are located in Northern Alabama. These mountain ranges — the Dugger, the Cheaha, and the Talladega — certainly get snow during the winter, but usually, there is very little and doesn’t last that long.

3. Louisiana

Red Flowers on a Single Swamp Tree in Winter

An average snowfall of just 0.20 inches is what Louisiana gets every year.

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Louisiana isn’t a very tall state. The highest point in Louisiana is Driskill Mountain and it is only 535 feet tall. What does this mean? It means that snow is pretty much non-existent in the state of Louisiana. If you do get to see snow, it will be a rarity. The state, however, does get hurricanes a lot. You will see a lot of rain during the state’s wet season.

2. Florida

Chiristmas in Florida

The state of Florida experiences an average snowfall of a measly 0.01 inches.

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Florida is probably the only state that doesn’t get snowfall. Although the average snowfall in the state is 0.01 inches, that was an incredibly rare occasion that was reported in the northern part of the state and it was only snow flurries. There aren’t major mountains in the state that could be high enough to provide snow. The state is so far south that summers are usually very hot and humid and winters are quite mild.

1. Hawaii

Hilo Bayfront with Snowcapped Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Although Hawaii may get snow in the mountains, it’s sporadic and the rest of the state never gets it anyway, which is why the average snowfall is literally 0.00 inches.

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Hawaii has a tropical type of climate, which means that snow is very rare in the state. However, snow does occur. Usually, the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, which are 13,000 feet tall, do get snow. From December to February, the temperatures can be low enough to ensure that the mountain does get a little bit of snow. The snow in the mountains usually is not as thick and is characterized as a thin layer of snow.

Summary of the 11 States That Basically Never Get Any Snow

RankStateAverage Snowfall
1.Hawaii0.00 inches
2.Florida0.01 inches
3.Louisiana0.20 inches
4.Alabama0.57 inches
5.Mississippi0.71 inches
6.Georgia0.76 inches
7.Texas1.36 inches
8.South Carolina1.50 inches
9.California3.76 inches
10.Arkansas4.04 inches
11.Tennessee4.61 inches

The photo featured at the top of this post is © LUC KOHNEN/Shutterstock.com


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Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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