During winter seasons, people from around the world, can enjoy the show and fun of snow that charmingly covers our lands and gives us – children and adults – the opportunity to view extraordinary landscapes and to play amusing games (from snowballs fight to skiing, from snowman making to Christmas events). Unfortunately, sometimes snow and ice also come at a price and with a lot of bad effects (absence from work and school, transport problems, damages to food, accidents, etc.).
So, what if a lot of snow falls on big cities, where damages could be huge and more perceived? Well, people living in these 10 cities are surely used to this problem and learned how to cope with it … if they want to survive while receiving, on average, at least 230 cm of snow each year. Therefore, in this article we will discover the top 10 major snowiest cities in the world … in the event you would like to go there and enjoy the show.
10. Buffalo, N.Y., U.S. – receives 241 cm of snow
Located east of Lake Erie and sitting at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo receives 99 inches of snow per year, on average.
9. Rochester, N.Y., U.S. – receives 251 cm of snow
Located south of Lake Ontario and with more than 260,000 inhabitants, this city receives an average or 99 inches of snow each year.
8. Akita, Tōhoku, Japan – receives 272 cm of snow
With more than 320,000 residents and located east of the Sea of Japan in the Akita Prefecture, the city receives, approximately, 107 inches of snow a year.
7. Saguenay, Quebec, Canada – receives 312 cm of snow
A relatively new city, resulting from a merger between municipalities and cities (including Chicoutimi). Each year, more than 145,000 residents have to cope with about 123 inches of snow.
6. (Tie) Syracuse, N.Y., U.S. – receives 314 cm of snow
Living in the economic epicentre for much of central New York, the 145,000 residents of Syracuse experience an average of 124 inches of snow each year.
5. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – receives 314 cm of snow
Second-largest city in Quebec province, yet the oldest in North America, Quebec city has a population of almost 500,000 residents and is rich of European heritage. Here too, the annual average snowfall is approximately 124 inches.
4. St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada – receives 333 cm of snow
More than 100,000 residents have to live with average snowfalls of approximately 131 inches per year.
3. Toyama, Hokuriku, Japan – receives 364 cm of snow
It’s located in central Honshu, the largest Japanese island, with more than 417,000 residents. This city receives more than 143 inches of snow per year.
2. Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan – receives 485 cm of snow
It’s ranked as the fourth-largest city in Japan, with more than 1.9 million people living there. Each year they receive about 191 inches of snowfalls. It’s not a coincidence that Sapporo is famous for its annual Sapporo Snow Festival.
1. Aomori City, Tōhoku , Japan – receives 793 cm of snow
You can find Aomori City in the Aomori Prefecture – North East region of Honshu. With more than 299,000 people, this place is the snowiest city in the world, with an average of 312 inches of snowfalls. The causes? Oceanic position Japan’s geographical location, high mountains and proximity to cold air from North East Asia.
Today, thanks to this list, we learned that if you would like to find a lot of snow, Japan is the first Country you should think of (with 4 cities), followed by Canada and New York.
Have you ever been in some of these cities? How much snow do you have, each year, in your own town?