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Snowiest U.S. State Capitals

Can you name the ten state capitals that get the most snow per year?
1991–2020 averages
According to Extreme Weather Watch with Wikipedia as a secondary source
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Last updated: December 17, 2021
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First submittedJune 25, 2017
Times taken25,659
Average score70.0%
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Inches
Capital
94.2
Montpelier
86.0
Juneau
71.3
Augusta
67.6
Concord
63.4
Cheyenne
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Capital
59.0
Albany
52.2
St. Paul
51.4
Salt Lake City
51.3
Madison
50.2
Bismarck
42 Comments
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Level 66
Jun 28, 2017
This quiz was satisfiying. make a sunny one too maybe!
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Level 66
Jun 28, 2017
ikr
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Level 90
Jun 28, 2017
Much harder than the driest capitals quiz. I am surprised that Lincoln didn't make the list.
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Level 47
Jun 28, 2017
How is Salt Lake City the least guessed when it's the only one on this list that has held a WINTER Olympics?
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Level 63
Jul 31, 2017
I thought Salt Lake City was in the desert.... guess I was wrong
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Level 75
Nov 20, 2017
The area is high desert, but SLC is in a bowl surrounded by the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains. I've read that most of the snow in the city is actually lake effect from the Great Salt Lake. One of our daughters lives there, and whatever the reason, they do get a lot of snow.
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Level 63
Nov 22, 2017
Right, I explicitly skipped it and named the capital of every other state in the Mountain West. Then again, since it IS in the Mountain West...I should've tried it LOL
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Level 45
Apr 15, 2018
Salt Lake City native here - it's still a desert because the actual amount of water we get falls within that classification. We get a lot of snow (schools don't get a snow day even if we get 1 foot overnight), but it's mostly fluffy powder that's great for skiing but doesn't have a lot of water for the amount of snow. We get hardly any rain and rely on the snow pack in the mountains for most of our water through the summer.
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Level 71
Sep 16, 2019
In addition to being surrounded by mountains, SLC is at about 4,200 feet elevation, with a 9,000+ foot mountain within city limits.
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Level 82
Oct 10, 2017
Salt Lake hosted the Olympics, but most of the events were held at nearby Park City, which is in the Wasatches and gets much more snow. Salt Lake is at the base of the Wasatches.
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Level 89
Oct 26, 2019
Albany is about as close to Lake Placid as Salt Lake City is to the Olympic site. Both cities are also lower elevation than the mountains where the outdoor events were held.
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Level 59
Dec 17, 2020
Yes but Albany isn't in a desert, and Albany is much further north.

It makes perfect sense that SLC is there, but it's still more surprising than Albany.

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Level 70
Dec 17, 2020
Sochi, Russia doesn't have a single month where the average low temperature is beneath freezing.
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Level 67
Dec 21, 2021
I looked it up, and it's sort of like hosting the winter olympics in Seattle.
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2017
Metropolitan, or city proper?
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Level ∞
Nov 20, 2017
City proper but I don't think it matters.
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Level 51
Nov 20, 2017
I somehow got all of them...
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Level 82
Mar 20, 2018
Damn! I was sure I was onto something with Honolulu and Baton Rouge.
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Level 29
Dec 18, 2020
Lol
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Level 41
May 11, 2020
How is Pierre not on here, as a South Dakotan I am offended :) we get huge bucket loads of snow ever year
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Level 29
Dec 18, 2020
ikr even north dakota isn't even on here
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Level 67
Dec 21, 2020
bismarck is on here
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Level 54
Dec 17, 2020
100%. Alllmost missed Montpelier. I was all but certain that Vermont's capital was the final answer but I couldn't grasp the actual name until 10 seconds left. Also, anyone know which city is depicted in the picture? Montpelier?
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Level 68
Dec 17, 2020
You can click on it to reveal the source. It seems to be Salt Lake City.
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Level 72
Dec 17, 2020
Montpelier is a very small town. No roads that look like the one pictured there. If you ever want to visit a quaint capital, I'd highly recommend it. Unfortunately, though, the nearest airport is about an hour away, in Burling, VT, and even that is one of the smallest international airports.
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Level 72
Dec 17, 2020
I live near Montpelier. We don't get that much snow. 61.4" on average, annually. St. Paul, MN, gets around 52" annually, more than Lansing, MI, or Bismark, ND. I think the quiz might be a little off.
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Level 72
Dec 17, 2021
Please fix this, this quiz has been featured multiple times since people pointed this out and it's never been addressed.
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Level ∞
Dec 17, 2021
Here is the source for Montpelier:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montpelier,_Vermont

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Level 44
Dec 17, 2020
Great quiz!
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Level 72
Dec 17, 2020
Had time to guess all the capitals of states that border Canada (other than Washington) as well as all of New England as well as all other midwestern states, such as South Dakota and Iowa. Still finished with 1:08 remaining even though I was really wrong about the answers.

In other words, too much time.

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Level 43
Dec 17, 2020
This quiz make me cry... who lives in a tropical country, understand me.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2020
Taken this twice and forgot SLC both times. Typed Anchorage instead of Juneau.
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Level 78
Dec 18, 2020
I.e. states I'd like to live in! 😁
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Level 71
Dec 19, 2020
Good Quiz......I wonder has any 'jetpunker' visited all State Capitals?
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Level 43
Dec 21, 2020
Damn how did I miss SLC
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Level 58
Dec 17, 2021
It's hard to believe that Denver wasn't on the list
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Level 52
Dec 17, 2021
Salt Lake City one is incorrect because we barely ever get snow
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Level 59
Dec 17, 2021
but its literally data
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2023
We sure have this year Woozie121.
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Level 77
Nov 16, 2022
kind of wacky that vermont gets more than alaska
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Level 53
Feb 7, 2023
damn it i put augustus instead of augusta
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Level 65
Apr 15, 2024
I can never understand why Spokane and Boise, aka the Inland Northwest, aren't colder, given that they're so far north. The western part of the region I've heard is moderated by the sound, but I would think that moderating influence drops off after the cascades - and those cities are pretty far north!