What Is the Snowiest Place on Earth?


Quick Answer

The snowiest place on earth is Paradise Ranger Station on Mount Rainier in Washington state. A combination of mountain elevation and Pacific Northwest moisture mean that this location gets an average of 643 inches, or nearly 54 feet, of snow each year.

Continue Reading
Related Videos

Full Answer

Paradise Ranger Station is located inside Mount Rainier National Park. The park is open throughout the winter months, though only one road into the area is plowed. The weather in the low-lying areas surrounding Mount Rainier is often relatively temperate. It is only on top of the mountain itself that large quantities of rain and snow regularly fall due to its high elevation.

Learn more about Snow

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why Does Snow Burn?

    A: Snow appears to burn because of the chemical properties of water and the physical makeup of snow. Snow is loosely packed and contains more air than water, ... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What Is Snow Made Of?

    A: Snow is made out of tiny ice crystals that stick together. The tiny ice crystals form when the temperatures are low and there is moisture in the atmosphere... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What Is a Snow Squall?

    A: A snow squall is defined as an intense, heavy snowfall with strong winds and a possibility of lightning. The amount of snowfall is significant. Another ter... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where Does It Snow in the World?

    A: Snow falls in Earth's regions that experience freezing temperatures and regular precipitation. Snow covers much of the Earth's polar regions for the entire... Full Answer >
    Filed Under: