2021 – 2022 Season
Anecdotally, I’ve always heard that Garrett County receives more snow than Fairbanks, Alaska. My measurements are taken in Oakland, Maryland.
Below are the running snow totals for Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD:
Reported Through 4/18/2022: 68.55″
48-hours ago: trace / 24-hours ago: 2.25″
FUN FACT: Wisp Resort shared that, through February 2022, 162 million gallons of water were used for snowmaking.
2020 – 2021 Season Total:
Season snowfall totals reported: 109.26″
2019 – 2020 Season Total:
Season snowfall totals reported: 59.8″
“Because of its mountainous terrain and relatively high elevation (3360 ft on Backbone Mountain), Garrett County is susceptible to heavy rains and winds during summer thunderstorms and heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions during the late fall and winter months.
Precipitation averages between 40 and 48 inches annually, of which a significant portion falls as snow or ice between the months of November and March. Most communities in Garrett County record between 60 and 80 inches of snow per season. Some communities at higher elevations, like Bittinger, at an elevation of 2700 feet, receive more than 100 inches of snow per season.
Unlike the remainder of Maryland, Garrett County receives much of its snowfall from air masses generated over the Great Lakes that rise and cool as they cross the Allegheny Plateau. This “Lake Effect” snow can result in 10-12 inches of snow while areas downslope to the east receive little or no snow. By contrast, Allegany County, just to the east, averages 32- 36 inches of precipitation and less than 40 inches of snow per season.
Temperatures usually average 5-10 degrees cooler in Garrett County than in the rest of Maryland throughout the year.”
-excerpt from the Garrett County Hazard Mitigation Plan