Does it snow in Austin, TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, Texas on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 8:20 pm
Falling snow against a blue sky.

Yearly Snow Levels in Austin

A quick Google search will reveal that Austin, TX receives an average of zero inches of snow per year. It’s easy, then, to conclude that Austin does not receive any snow at all, which seems in keeping with its southern location. But is this true? Does it ever snow in Austin, TX?

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Though Austin does average zero inches of snow per year, this does not mean that it never snows in Austin. The city actually receives an average of 0.3 inches of snow each year. Snow that actually lingers on the ground for a day or so reportedly occurs about once a decade.

Freezing Rain and Sleet

Austin can also receive brief amounts of freezing rain and sleet in the winter, which can be particularly dangerous for driving. Due to the rarity of such conditions, most drivers in the city are not used to or prepared for it. On such days, it’s recommended that residents just stay at home if possible. If one must go out, they should drive very cautiously.

A view of the Austin skyline at dawn.

When does it snow in Austin?

January is the snowiest month of the year in Austin, averaging 0.2 inches.   

How cold does it get in Austin?

The average low temperature during January in Austin is 38.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Annually, there is an average of 24.7 days wherein the nighttime temperature falls below freezing. The nighttime temperature is said to never drop below zero.  

How often does it rain in Austin?

While snow is rare, winter is still the wettest season of the year. Twenty-eight percent of Austin’s yearly precipitation occurs during winter. March is the rainiest month, averaging 8.6 days of rain. Such precipitation, combined with freezing nighttime temperatures, is what can combine to create those dangerous icy driving conditions warned about above.