How much snow does Elgin get?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, Seasonal on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 1:45 pm
A snowman stands with a shovel. Text beside him says, "Snow in Elgin IL."

Average Yearly Snowfall in Elgin, IL

Here in the Midwest, winters tend to be rife with ice, snow and general cold. However, even just within Illinois, the amount of snow received and temperatures reached can vary. How much snow do we get here in Elgin, IL?

Elgin, Illinois gets an average of 33 inches of snow per year. The snowiest month is January, which generally brings about 10.9 inches of snow to the region. A total of six months of the year are classified as having significant snowfall in Elgin; these are November, December, January, February, March and April.

For comparison, the average yearly snowfall across the U.S. is 28 inches per year. Elgin also has higher snowfall than most other areas of Illinois. Snowfall volumes in Elgin increase steadily throughout December and reach their peak in January, after which they begin to decrease.

With all that snow, it’s important to utilize snow tires.

A happy kid plays and sticks their tongue out to catch a snowflake on it.

How cold does it get in Elgin, IL?

The average January low temperature in Elgin is 13 degrees Fahrenheit. For comparison, the average January low across the U.S. is 21.7 degrees. So not only do we get more snow, but we also tend to be colder in the winter.

See why the VW Jetta is ready to take on the snow and cold.

What is the difference between “weather” and “climate?”

In this post, we’re discussing the climate of Elgin. This brings up an interesting distinction between “weather” and “climate.”

Weather refers to the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time. Specifically, it’s how the atmosphere is currently behaving, along with the effects it’s having on life and human activities. The general factors classified as weather include temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind and atmospheric pressure.

Climate, on the other hand, is the description of the long-term weather patterns of an area. In this post, we are not referring to the current snowy “weather” that Elgin is having, but instead to the long-term average atmospheric experiences of the region.

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