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Top Ten U.S. Snowiest Destinations

August 30, 2011

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

Take the Rockies, Intermountain West, Sierra Nevada, California Mountains, Upper Michigan Peninsula and the Great Lakes in the Northeast - and what comes to mind? One word, snow, and piles of it!

For snow-lovers alike across the Lower 48, there are many options for residents looking for that winter getaway to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. While more than an amazing 27 feet plaster the Alaska frozen tundra annually, these U.S. cities aren`t far behind when it comes to a winter wonderland.

  • Mount Washington, N.H.: Known for being the highest peak in the Northeast U.S., it also tops the Lower 48 in snowfall each year, with an average of 260.6 inches.

  • Blue Canyon, Calif.: Only a mere two feet off the pace of Mount Washington, N.H., packing an annual snowfall of 240.3 inches.
  • Marquette, Mich.: Nested in a favored snow-belt across the Michigan Upper Peninsula, this city averages more than 140 inches of snowfall each year.
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.: Much like its predecessor, this northern U.S. location also boasts the Top 5 in annual snowfall accumulation, averaging 117.4 inches per year.
  • Don`t look now, but another favored snow-belt location round out the Top 5 snowiest cities in the U.S. Syracuse, N.Y., at 115.6 inches annually, or more than 9 feet of the white stuff is a haven for snow-lovers.
  • Not far behind is another Northeast U.S. city. Caribou, Maine, breaking into the Top 10 at number six, with 111.6 inches of snow annually.
  • Rounding out the Top 10 snowiest cities are Mount Shasta, Calif., Lander, Wyo., Flagstaff, Ariz., Sexton Summit, Ore., and Muskegon, Mich., with more than 8 feet falling each year.
  • Whether it`s skiing the highest peaks that the Intermountain West or Rockies have to offer, or being buried by Mother Nature`s unrelenting lake-effect snow bands crippling the Michigan Upper Peninsula and Upstate New York, these are the cities that snow-lovers naturally flock to capture a slice of heaven.

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