Salt Lake City Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages
This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Salt Lake City, Utah has snow.
There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City 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 the Salt Lake City International Airport.
How Often it Snows in Salt Lake City
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 Salt Lake City varies from year to year.
In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 17 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 7 inches for the month.
Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 15.1 inches, while the lightest years get less than 6.8 inches.
New snow for February ranges from over 13.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 4.6 inches in light years.
When Salt Lake City Has Its First & Last Snowfalls
The first snowfall of winter for Salt Lake City usually arrives in November, although about one in four Octobers also get some snow.
The season's last snowfall typically happens in April. Very rarely a few snowflakes also land in May.
Salt Lake City is normally free of snow every year from June to September.
How Many Snowstorms Salt Lake City Gets
About half the days with snowfall in Salt Lake City leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 18 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.
Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur a couple times annually. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that don't happen every year.
How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Salt Lake City
For about half of winter days, Salt Lake City has at least an inch of snow on the ground.
Snow mostly accumulates during January. Typically, on six days in January, four in February and another couple in December, the snow covering Salt Lake City gets to five or more inches deep.
The city averages just two or three days a year then the snowpack grows to over ten inches deep. While snow is most likely to build up in January, the snow can get that deep anytime from November to March.
National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.