Provo Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Provo, Utah has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Provo usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the city normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Provo can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at Brigham Young University in Provo.

How Often it Snows in Provo

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Provo
Days   Inches Centimetres
  6.0 January 13.9   35.3
  4.8 February 10.9   27.7
  3.6 March   6.5   16.5
  1.7 April   3.6     9.1
  0.2 May   0.4     1.0
  0.6 October   0.8     2.0
  3.6 November   7.3   18.5
  6.1 December 13.7   34.8
26.6 Year 57.1 145.0

These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Provo varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 18.4 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 9.6 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 18.4 inches, while the lightest years get eight inches or less.

New snow for February ranges from 13 inches or more in heavy snowfall years to under 6.6 inches in light years.

When Provo Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Provo usually arrives in November. It's not uncommon though, for snow to start falling in October.

The season's last snowfall most often happens in April. But it can stop snowing anytime from March to May.

Provo is normally free of snow every year from June to September.

How Many Snowstorms Provo Gets

Most days of snowfall in Provo leave at least an inch of fresh snow on the ground. For seven or eight days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur a couple times a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events. Storms that severe show up about once a decade, usually in February.

Number of days per month and year on average in Provo with a total snowfall of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
  5.0 1.9 January 0.7 0.0
  3.8 1.4 February 0.6 0.1
  2.6 0.8 March 0.1 0.0
  1.4 0.5 April 0.2 0.0
  0.1 0.0 May 0.0 0.0
  0.4 0.1 October 0.0 0.0
  2.5 1.0 November 0.3 0.0
  4.7 1.9 December 0.7 0.0
20.5 7.6 Year 2.6 0.1

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Provo

For nearly half of winter days, Provo has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on two days in January and another one in February, the snow covering Provo gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Provo with snow depth of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches on the ground
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
18.1 14.2 January   9.0 2.2
10.3   7.4 February   5.2 1.4
  1.6   0.4 March   0.1 0.0
  0.3   0.1 April   0.1 0.0
  0.1   0.0 October   0.0 0.0
  4.1   2.1 November   0.9 0.0
13.7   7.9 December   4.3 0.3
48.2 32.1 Year 19.6 3.9
Reference

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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