How much snow do we get in the UK each year?
The UK gets on average 33 days of snow fall or sleet a year (1971 - 2000). Most of this is snow falling on higher ground where temperatures are lower, as can be seen on the map.
In Scotland, the figure is much higher, with snow or sleet falling on 52 days on average. Statistically, the snowiest place in the UK is Banffshire in Scotland, with 63.8 days of snow or sleet falling on average. Cornwall is the least likely to get snow, with an average of only 10.2 days of snow or sleet falling a year.
Much of this snow fall does not settle, and the figures for snow on the ground (snow lying) are much lower. On average across the UK there's only 16.5 days a year when snow is on the ground, compared to 27.7 days in Scotland. Again, most of the snow on the ground can be found in mountainous areas.
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