Does it snow in Utah?

Known as Beehive State, The Mormon State, and Deseret, Utah, the 13th-largest by area and 30th-most populous of the U. S. states, stands as one of the oldest bastions of the Latter-Day Saint Movement (LDS Church) throughout North America.

In this case, the nickname The Mormon State is not a euphemism. A little over half of the Utahns are Mormons. Indeed, Salt Lake City is the world headquarters of the LDS Church.

Beyond its strong religious identity, Utah is undoubtedly one of the most ecosystem-diverse states in the United States. No wonder Utah is home to as many as 15 different climate types and subtypes, from hot deserts to mountainous regions with average temperatures below 14 °F.

Utah is the right place for lovers of nature in all its facets: canyons, monoliths, hills, hills, ridges, plateaus, snowy landscapes, lakes, cliffs, waterfalls, and much more await you in Utah.

Visit Utah and enjoy its beautiful and vast national parks like Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, and Zion National Park, also including the emblematic Great Lake City and the majestic Dinosaur National Monument.

If you are a ski lover, do not forget to visit Salt Lake City and Park City since there are one of the best Sky Resorts in the United States.


    Snow in Utah?

    Does it snow in Utah? The short answer is a resounding yes! Although, it doesn’t occur in all its regions with the same intensity.

    Snow in Utah
    Snow in Utah.

    If something characterizes Utah, it is its extensive snow season, during which it is possible to see snowfall in almost all of the state (with certain variations), except for the valleys of the extreme southwestern.

    The Hot desert climate (BWh) of the Utah southwestern valleys makes it impossible to snow.

    As far as the magnitude of snowfall variations in Utah is concerned, these are abysmal. For example, Saint George (Washington County) gets 3 inches of snow a year, while Salt Lake City (Salt Lake County) gets about 60 inches, which may increase further in the southern, southeastern, and eastern regions of the Great Salt Lake. 

    The climate of Utah


    According to the Köppen climate classification, counting types and subtypes, Utah exhibits up to 15 climate types throughout its territory, from Hot desert (BWh) to Tundra (ET).

    Due to such diversity, any general explication of the characteristics of Utah's climate is useless since these aspects will depend exclusively on the prevailing climatological factors in each of the Utah regions.

    MAP of UTAH

    Technical characteristics

    Some of the following technical characteristics have been calculated by averaging climatological data for the principal cities of Utah: Saint George, Monticello, Manila, Salt Lake City, Brigham City, and Randolph.

    • Climate types (Köppen climate classification):
      • Hot desert (BWh).
      • Cold desert (BWk).
      • Hot semi-arid (BSh).
      • Cold semi-arid (BSk).
      • Hot-summer Mediterranean (Csa).
      • Warm-summer Mediterranean (Csb).
      • Humid subtropical (Cfa).
      • Oceanic (Cfb).
      • Hot-summer Mediterranean continental (Dsa).
      • Warm-summer Mediterranean continental (Dsb).
      • Dry-summer subarctic (Dsc).
      • Hot-summer humid continental (Dfa).
      • Warm-summer humid continental (Dfb).
      • Subarctic (Dfc).
      • Tundra (ET).
    • Average maximum temperatures in summer: 83.44 °F (28.5 °C).
    • Average maximum temperatures in winter: 42.16 °F (5.6 °C).
    • Average minimum temperature in summer: 56.45 °F (13.5 °C).
    • Average minimum temperatures in winter: 24.08 °F (-4.4 °C).
    • Average rainfall* in summer: 0.76 inches (1.9 cm).
    • Average rainfall* in winter: 3.8 inches (9.6 cm).
    • Average of frosts per year: 50 days (in Randolph, Rich County).
    • Hottest city: Saint George (Washington County).
    • Highest record temperature: 118 °F / 47.7 °C (July 4, 2007. South of Saint George, Washington County).
    • Coldest cities: Randolph and Woodruff (Rich County).
    • Lowest record temperature: −69 °F / -56.1 °C (February 1, 1985. Peter Sinks, Bear River Range, Cache County [uninhabited place]).
    • Snowiest month: December/January.
    • Coldest month: December.
    • Range of average snowfall per year: 11 inches (27.94 cm).
    • Average of thunderstorms per year: 40 days.
    • Average of tornadoes per year: 2 (<EF1)

    *: The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.

    When does it snow in Utah? 🌨

    Snow in Salt Lake City
    Snow in Salt Lake City.

    Does it snow in Utah in September?

    Yes, it might snow in September. Oddly enough, light snowfall is possible in cities like Randolph (Rich County) and Manila (Daggett County). Although, indeed, the chances of seeing snowfall in September are almost zero.

    Does it snow in Utah in October?

    Yes, it might snow in October. From this month, it’s possible to see lights and moderate snowfalls in almost all Utah Counties, except for Kane, Grand, and Washington County.

    Does it snow in Utah in November?

    Yes, it does! November is indeed a very snowy month. Salt Lake City (Salt Lake County), for example, exceeds four inches of snow accumulation (on average).

    Does it snow in Utah in December?

    Yes, it does! Once winter arrives, snowfall becomes much heavier in the central, central-northwest, central-northeast, deep northeast, and deep southeast Utah (including Garfield County).

    Some cities of Utah have had the good fortune to experience a White Christmas, such as, for example, Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in the state, in 2017.

    Does it snow in Utah in January?

    Yes, it does! January is the snowiest month in Utah, although not by far since its average snow accumulation exhibits almost the same levels as the previous month.

    Does it snow in Utah in February?

    Yes, it does! While average snowpack remains appreciable in the Deep Northeastern and Southeastern Utah, overall, snowfalls decrease by approximately 20% of their intensity.

    Does it snow in Utah in March?

    Yes, it does! Despite being the last winter month, the average snow accumulation remains above two inches in Cache, Iron, Piute, San Juan, Wasatch, Beaver, Morgan, Wayne, Summit, Rich, and Garfield counties. The latter, for example, even reaches four inches of snow accumulation (on average) during this month. 

    Does it snow in Utah in April?

    Yes, it does! Snow season is active in almost every county in Utah except Grand and Washington counties.

    Does it snow in Utah in May?

    Yes, it might snow in May. Oddly enough, minor snowfall (no more than a half-inch of accumulation) is still possible in at least fourteen Utah counties in May.

    Does it snow in Utah in June?

    Yes, it could snow in June. Although, the chances of such a phenomenon occurring are low (almost zero).

    Where does it snow in Utah? 🌨

    Below, we present a map of the territorial division of the state of Utah in which the distribution of snowfall in the twenty-nine counties that make up the state is roughly exemplified.Where does it snow in Utah?

    1. In this case, the darker the blue color, the higher the average snow accumulation for the county in its snowiest month (January).
    2. This map is not an exact definition but rather an approximation of the behavior of snowfall in Utah since only the administrative centers are taken into account and not all the cities and towns that make up the county at the time of its creation.

    How much does it snow in Utah? 🌨

    Next, we expose a comparison chart of the average snow accumulation throughout a sliding 31-day period (centered on the day in question) in the twenty-nine county seats of Utah:

    Heber City6,54,92,51,20,100000,52,86,9
    Castle Dale3,82,410,3000000,21,63,9
    Brigham City3,72,91,20,4000000,31,63,6
    Salt Lake City3,42,30,90,3000000,11,13,2
    Saint George0,100000000000


    Comparison chart of the average snow accumulation throughout a sliding 31-day period in the twenty-nine county seats of Utah

    The numbers shown in the table above represent inches.

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