Brighton Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Brighton, Utah has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Brighton usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the ski resort normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Brighton can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.
All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 in Brighton at an elevation of 8,740 feet (2,664 metres).
How Often it Snows in Brighton
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).
These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Brighton varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 108.4 inches (nine feet) of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive 27 inches or less for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to 84 inches or more, while the lightest years get 33 inches at most.
New snow for February ranges from 68 inches or more in heavy snowfall years to under 49.2 inches in light years.
When Brighton Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
The first snowfall of autumn for Brighton usually arrives in October, although often September gets some snow.
The season's last snowfall typically happens in May. June also gets fresh snow about once every three or four years.
Brighton normally gets no new snow during July and August.
How Many Snowstorms Brighton Gets
Most days of snowfall at Brighton result in at least an inch of fresh snow left on the ground. For 54 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.
Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur 33 times annually at the ski resort. Typically a dozen of these storms are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day. Snow events this severe can descend on Brighton anytime except in July and August.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Brighton
For over half the year, the snow covering the ground in Brighton is over ten inches deep. The ski resort's snowpack grows to more than ten inches in October and November, and stays that deep well into the following May. Occasionally, the snow depth can also top ten inches in June or September.
National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.