Guess Our First Snow Contest

Guess Our First Snow Contest

It’s time to announce the winners of the “Guess Our First Snow Contest.” See winning names—and thanks to all 500+ folks who took a guess. We wish all our Companion readers a cozy winter—no matter what the weather!

First Snowfall Date

The first real snowfall happened this season on Saturday, December 5, 2020!  By “first real snowfall,” we don’t mean a dusting that doesn’t stick around.

The definition is: 2 inches of snow that must stick around for 48 hours. The official snow amount is measured by Almanac editors, using a ruler that measures from the ground up. Enjoy some of the photos from our Almanac Web cam!

December 5, 8:00 A.M.—No Snow Yet!


December 5, 11:30 A.M.—Winter wonderland!


December 7—48 hours later!


All those who guess the correct date are sent The 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Watcher’s Calendar


For those interested, here are the winning First Snow dates from the past five years:
December 1, 2019
November 15, 2018
December 9, 2017
December 12, 2016
December 30, 2015

First Snow Winners for 2020

Congrats to the Almanac Companion readers who correctly guessed the date of December 5, 2020:

  1. Karen Carpenter
  2. Robert Quinn
  3. Teresa Holland
  4. Jeanne Bernhardt
  5. John Labor
  6. Diane Creber
  7. Cynthia Moxcey
  8. Darian McBride
  9. J. Patrick Glynn
  10. Margaret H Christen
  11. Carl Albanese
  12. Betsy Kallenbach
  13. Lori Markell
  14. Joseph E Fellows
  15. Ellen Walsh
  16. Roberta Dickinson
  17. Peggy Kemp

The Almanac editors will email each of you (based on the emails you provided in the contest form) to confirm your mailing address! If you do not receive an email by end of year, do not hesitate to reach out to us at

What’s in store for winter 2020–2021? Please pick up this year’s edition! You can find our little yellow book in retail stores, on, and on Amazon