Benjamin Franklin said, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." That's true, but add weather to the things of which we can be sure.

There will always be weather. Some of that weather will be of the frozen variety. More simply put, snow.

How much snow does New Bedford get on average?

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Comparatively speaking, New Bedford's average annual snowfall can be far less significant than other locations within a relatively short distance.

New Bedford Receives This Much Snow In An Average Winter
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Our close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean often allows warmer air to filter in during winter storms, meaning all rain along the coast or a change over from snow to rain, which can limit snow accumulations.

How much snow or rain the New Bedford area receives can depend on how close a storm center tracks to the coast. Generally, the closer to shore the storm moves, the more likely it is to drag in warmer air off the ocean, resulting in rain rather than snow.

According to, "New Bedford, Massachusetts gets 51 inches of rain, on average, per year." The site says, "The U.S. average is 38 inches of rain per year."

New Bedford Receives This Much Snow In An Average Winter

When it comes to snow, says, "New Bedford averages 35 inches of snow per year." The site says, "The U.S. average is 28 inches of snow per year."

Most of that snow falls between January and February.

By contrast, Boston receives an average of 47 inches of rain and 48 inches of snow per year, Fall River receives 48 inches of rain and 34 inches of snow, and Providence receives 49 inches of rain and 36 inches of snow.

Heading further to the west, Worcester averages 48 inches of rain and 51 inches of snow, Springfield gets 46 inches of rain and 40 inches of snow, and Pittsfield, 38 inches of rain and 71 inches of snow.

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