Dallas is a city found in northern Texas in the United States of America. The city sits on a 993.10 square kilometer landmass and is Texas’ third most populous city with 1.3 million inhabitants. Dallas is a low-lying city and sits at an elevation of 430 feet (131 meters) and has its highest point as Cockrell Hill at 640 feet (195 meters). Dallas, the home of Dallas International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, has four interstate highways converging in its metropolitan area. But does it snow in Dallas?
Dallas experiences two different climates; a subtropical climate, typical in the Southern Plains of the United States where it is located, and the continental climate. Winters in Dallas, which last from December through February, are usually cool and snowy, with the snow falling for about two days throughout the year, accumulating 1.5 inches of snow. Dallas is prone to tornadoes and hailstorms due to its location, where the collision of warm and cold currents often occurs. Cold airwaves moving south from the North collide with warm, humid air from the Gulf Coast, giving rise to heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and tornadoes in the area.
When Does It Snow in Dallas?
Snow, although relatively rare, falls during the winter period, which lasts from December through to February. The month with the most snowfall in Dallas in February, with depths of about 3 inches being accumulated.
Snowfall in December
December marks the start of winter in Dallas. Temperatures are mild and range from highs of 55.6 degrees Fahrenheit (13.1 degrees Celsius) to lows of 41.7 degrees Fahrenheit (5.4 degrees Celsius). If you seek a snowy Christmas, you’ll be disappointed that Dallas cannot offer you that. This is because temperatures are still relatively high and rarely breach the zero mark; thus, the ideal conditions for snow formation are seldom satisfied. Snow, however, still manages to fall though it is often in the form of light flurries in some parts of the city.
However, the month is still gloomy, and a mere average of 5.6 hours of sunshine is recorded. Rain falls for 8.8 days and reaches a depth of 1.89 inches (48 millimeters), while snow falls for0.4 days accumulate to a depth of 0.08 inches (2 millimeters).
Snowfall in January
January is a freezing month in Dallas and is the coldest month in the city. Average temperatures dip from those recorded in December and now range from highs of 54.3 degrees Fahrenheit (12.4 degrees Celsius) to lows of 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). Snow falls for an average of 0.4 snowfall days and accumulates to a depth of 0.16 inches (4 millimeters), while rainfalls for a total of 6.7 days and reaches a depth of 1.69 inches (43 millimeters).
Snowfall in February
February is the last month of winter in Dallas. As the city prepares to usher in the spring season, a general increase in temperatures is recorded. During the month, average temperatures recorded in the city’s metropolitan area range from lows of 42.4 degrees Fahrenheit (5.8 degrees Celsius) to highs of 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit (14.4 degrees Celsius). Snowy storms accompanied by freezing temperatures, however, are common in the city. On average, Dallas records 1.2 snowfall days in February, and the snow accumulates to a depth of 0.43 inches (11 millimeter).
Ski Resorts in Dallas
There are not ski resorts around Dallas since it does not get much snow. Most winter sports enthusiasts living in Dallas fly out to alternatives in the states of Utah and Washington. The closest resort to Dallas that Dallas residents frequent during winter is Bluewood ski resort.
Bluewood Ski Resort
Bluewood ski resort is located in southeastern Washington at the northern end of the Blue Mountains. The ski area lies between 4545 feet (1385 meters) and 5670 feet (1728 meters) above sea level. It has 24 slopes that cater to all difficulty levels within its massive ski area, measuring 2.1 square kilometers.
Denton Ski Resort
Another ski resort frequented by Dallas; winter sports enthusiasts is Denton Ski Resort. The resort is located in Pennsylvania and sits between the elevations 1804 feet (550 meters) and 2460 feet (750 meters) above sea level. Denton ski resort has 8 kilometers of slope available for skiing and snowboarding. These slopes cater to all difficulty levels and have 4 kilometers allocated to beginner level skiers, 2 kilometers intermediate, and 2 kilometers for experts. The resort is equipped with five ski lifts for transporting guests.