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Old 10-03-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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When winter rolls in does it snow continually day after day?
Does the snow linger around the whole winter and never melt or does it clear away easily?
Does it get icy and are the roads maintained?
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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No, it doesn't snow each and every day. Most times the snow doesn't linger, especially in the early part of the winter. Because it is a dry snow (most times), it is easy to shovel.

It can get icy, but the roads are well maintained. Just like in any state, you need to watch your speed. The roads can ice up after the sun goes down.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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When winter rolls in does it snow continually day after day?
No, this hardly ever happens. Sure, there will often be 3 or 4 days of snow in a row, but then 2 or 3 without snow.

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Does the snow linger around the whole winter and never melt or does it clear away easily?
That can vary a lot from one winter to the next. It also varies considerably from one part of the city to another. There may be almost no snow on the ground in the downtown area while the east benches may have six inches. I'd say that on the average, at least some snow covers the ground from December through March. It may be just patchy, but it's always there as a reminded that winter's not over yet.

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Does it get icy and are the roads maintained?
Occasionally in the early mornings and late evenings we get black ice, which occurs when the snow melts during the daytime and the water from the melt freezes again at night. You can't see that the roads are icy, so it can be dangerous. On the whole, the roads (primarily the main ones, but even the little side streets) are exceptionally well maintained (i.e. the snow cleared).
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:45 AM
 
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OK, so now you have the answer ...
There is NO *pattern* to the winter weather here ...

Not for nothing is she called *Mother Nature* ...
Female !!!
Ever see or know a female who does things the same way ALL the time ?
That is why I love my wife ... !
Surprise ... surprise ... !!!
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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No, this hardly ever happens. Sure, there will often be 3 or 4 days of snow in a row, but then 2 or 3 without snow.

That can vary a lot from one winter to the next. It also varies considerably from one part of the city to another. There may be almost no snow on the ground in the downtown area while the east benches may have six inches. I'd say that on the average, at least some snow covers the ground from December through March. It may be just patchy, but it's always there as a reminded that winter's not over yet.

Occasionally in the early mornings and late evenings we get black ice, which occurs when the snow melts during the daytime and the water from the melt freezes again at night. You can't see that the roads are icy, so it can be dangerous. On the whole, the roads (primarily the main ones, but even the little side streets) are exceptionally well maintained (i.e. the snow cleared).
Your post is spot on. The typical comment I read about winter around here is "naw... we get a little snow once in a blue moon... but it's gone within a few minutes." That's simply not true. Such posts are more at home for northern Louisiana. We DO get snow here, sometimes lots--after all, it's the greatest snow on earth, right?

Average snow depth for January where I live is 5 inches. But I think the key is that the standard deviation (the deviation from the average) around here is large. There have been years with 2 feet of snow on the ground most of the winter, other years with very little snow at all. But on average, we get a fair amount of snowfall over the course of a typical winter (I'd like to see more!): Only about 8 inches all winter out in the west desert, perhaps 35 inches in a typical valley location along the Wasatch, 70 inches in a mountain valley, and... 500 inches at the resorts. As you can see, it varies a lot.





By the way... with all this talk of snow, is anyone chomping at the bit to go skiing? I am.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:28 AM
 
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I have purchased my mid week for Brighton, Alta gold card, and am waiting to get my Canyons coupon book til the last minute. Last year on October 1st, I was at Alta taking pictures of the snow on the beautiful trees with fall colored leaves. I am ready for the change to Winter-sorry Katz-but bring it on!
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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I am ready for the change to Winter-sorry Katz-but bring it on!
Of course you know...this means war!
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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When winter rolls in does it snow continually day after day?
Does the snow linger around the whole winter and never melt or does it clear away easily?
Does it get icy and are the roads maintained?

My first response before reading all the others was, "Does SLC have a winter weather pattern?"

You've had some good responses, but overall the pattern depends on where you are.

Yes, in the mountains the snow will linger all winter. That's why skiing is great. That's why living in the valley is great, it can snow up there and not here. Whether the snow lingers in the valley depends on how much came down and whether there is a huge warm spell before the next storm. And that varies completely year to year. The first storms usually come by the end of October, but we may not get any more till Jan or Feb.

Yes the roads get icy, yes they are maintained. How well depends on which road and which town. My road will get one plow down the middle after a storm and then maybe not again, but the main roads will be clear after a storm.

And to Katzpur--
And the change in the air to the autumn crispness is wonderful don't you think?
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: South Jordan, Utah
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And the change in the air to the autumn crispness is wonderful don't you think?
Last week it was 113 in my old city in CA, I'll take this any day. I love being able to decorate for Halloween without frying.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: east millcreek
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Oh Katy-I just need to get you, Katz and yours truly, together with some snow skis and mittens! Maybe we will be lucky enough to have some snow for the October meet-up!
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