Check out Top 10 Snowiest Cities in the World
When referring to the snowiest cities in the world, we will be talking about Aomori, Sapporo, Toyama, St John’s, Syracuse, Saguenay, Akita, Rochester and Buffalo.
Snow consists of individual ice crystals that grow while hanging in the atmosphere, usually in the clouds – and then fall and accumulate on the ground where they undergo further changes.
Large snow-sensitive areas are the polar regions, the northernmost half of the northern hemisphere and mountainous regions worldwide with sufficient humidity and cold temperatures. In the southern hemisphere, snow is mainly limited to mountainous areas, apart from Antarctica.
Snow influences human activities like transport: making the requirement to keep roads, wings and windows clear; agriculture: supply water to crops and protective livestock; sports like athletics, snowboarding and travelling with a snow machine; and warfare. Snow also influences ecosystems by providing an insulation layer in winter under which plants and animals can survive the cold.
Here’s the list of the snowiest cities in the world according to AccuWeather.
1. Aomori, Japan
When referring to the snowiest cities in the world. Aomori, Japan, is the snowiest city in the world, in line with AccuWeather.
The coastal city in Northern Japan prefecture on a plain between the south side of the bay of Aomori, which looks to the north and the Hakkōda Mountains to the south.
Aomori, a prefecture in Japan, is similar to a county in the US, located between the Hakkōda Mountains and the edge of Mutsu Bay, meaning it gets a lot of snow in the winter.
In addition to other smaller rivers, the city flows through two major rivers, the Komagome River and the tributary, the Arakawa River.
2. Sapporo, Japan
The Sapporo Snow Festival is a festival that is held in February for seven days in Sapporo, Japan. Odori Park, Susukino and Tsudome are the main locations of the festival. This is one of the largest and most distinctive winter events.
In 2007 (57th festival) about 2 million individuals visited Sapporo to examine the many snow sculptures and ice sculptures at the locations of Odori Park and Susukino, in the centre of Sapporo and at the Satoland site.
An international snow sculpture competition has been held at the Odori Park site since 1974 and 14 teams from different regions of the world participated in 2008.
3. Toyama, Japan
Toyama is another on the list of the snowiest cities in the world located in central Honshu. It is the largest island which comprises most of Japan’s landmass, Toyama is home to more than 417,000 residents and is the capital city of the Toyama Prefecture.
Toyama, positioned along the coast of the Sea of Japan in the north, receives more than 143 centimetres of snow per year, making it one of the snowiest locations in Japan.
The Toyama prefecture is also near the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Yuki no Otani, where the highway cuts through snow walls and creates a gap to the feet of snow that the region receives every year.
4. St John’s, Canada
St. John’s is the capital and largest city of the Canadian territory of Newfoundland and labrador. It is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island, Newfoundland.
The city covers 446.04 square kilometres and is the most easterly city in North America.
The name is attributed to the birth of John the Baptist when John Cabot was thought to have entered the harbour in 1497 and a Basque fishing village of the same name. It already exists on maps in 1519 and is one of the oldest cities in North America. It was formally incorporated as a city in 1888. St. John’s Metropolitan area is Canada’s twentieth largest metropolitan area and also the second-largest Census Metropolitan area (CMA) in Atlantic Canada, after Halifax.
5. Syracuse, US
Syracuse is a city in the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, United States.
It is the fourth most populous city in the state of New York after New York City, Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers.
At the 2010 census, the city population was 145,252, and the metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. It is the economic and educational centre of Central New York, a region with more than a million inhabitants.
The first snowfall from Syracuse arrives in November. Although October gets at least a layer of snow in many years. The last snowfall of the season usually happens in April, but snow in May happens occasionally.
6. Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec.
The city had an estimated population of 531,902 in July 2016 (an increase of 3.0% from 2011) and the metropolitan area had a population of 800,296 in July 2016 (an increase of 4.3% from 2011).
It is the second-largest city in Quebec after Montreal, and the seventh-largest metropolitan area and the eleventh largest city in Canada.
It is one of the oldest cities in North America and offers a mix of museums and cultural attractions that celebrate the city’s rich European heritage.
7. Saguenay, Canada
Saguenay is a city in the river, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City via an overland route. It is approximately 126 kilometres upstream and northwest of Tadoussac, located at the confluence with the St. Lawrence River.
It was formed in 2002 by merging the cities of Chicoutimi and Jonquière and the city of La Baie. Chicoutimi was founded by the French in 1676.
The city of Saguenay forms a territory similar to a regional provincial municipality (TE); the geographical code is 941. Together with the regional provincial municipality of Le Fjord-du-Saguenay, it forms the census distribution (CD) of Le Saguenay-et-son-Fjord.
8. Akita, Japan
Located east of the Sea of Japan in the Akita Prefecture, Akita is home to more than 320,000 residents. An average of approximately 107 inches of snow covers the region each year. The region also features the famous.
9. Rochester, US
Rochester is a city on Lake Ontario, in New York State. Old industrial buildings cluster near the Genesee River’s High Falls.
A vast collection of toys and dolls forms the core of the Strong National Museum of Play.
The George Eastman Museum, on the early-1900s estate of the Kodak founder, has photography exhibits, film archives and gardens. Rochester Museum & Science Center has hands-on displays and a planetarium.
10. Buffalo, US
Buffalo is a city on the shores of Lake Erie in upstate New York. It’s fine neoclassical, beaux arts and art deco architecture speak to its history as an industrial capital in the early 20th century.
Its landmarks include the 398-ft art deco City Hall, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin D. Martin House and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a Greek Revival museum with works by Picasso and Warhol. It is among the Snowiest Cities in the World.