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Old 09-19-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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My family is seriously considering moving to the Salt Lake City area. We were considering the Denver area, but the severe thunderstorms, hailstorms, tornadoes have made us reconsider.


My husband has a old high school friend and a client who live in the Salt Lake city area and absolutely love it.

I am curious about what the average winter in like?

How often does it snow? Does the snow melt off in a few days like it does in Denver or is there snow on the ground most of the winter?

What are the day time temperatures during the winter? Are they consistently cold, or does SLC have winter days in the 40-50 or higher?

Thanks for any insight!
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:34 AM
 
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Hey!

I am not surprised that no one has answered this question, Utah weather is the hardest to predict.!

Well, Utah weather is as up and down as puberty. December it can get to the 40-50 range one day and drop to the 20's the next.

During an average winter day the weather is nice, the sun keeps you warm enough to be outside and at least run a few errands without wanting to procrastinate too much. Utah and Salt Lake valley is known for having some pretty windy days, and that drops the temperature considerably.

The snow in Utah is about as consistent as the rain is, It'll snow about 2-3 times a month, and last a few days during the beginning of winter and usually in January you'll see that the snow will stop melting away.

Basically, the weatherman in Utah probably are the most criticised, but they do have one of the hardest locations forecasts.
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City/Las Vegas
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I've spent quite a bit of time in Denver - and the Winter weather there is not much different than it is in SLC. In fact, stats show Denver to be warmer on average.

Denver has had some major storms the past few years, but those were storms that normally hit SLC and, instead, bypassed it. By contrast, SLC has had little snow the last few years - below normal.

I'm not sure I'd move somewhere based upon a short-term weather history.

Bill
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:57 PM
 
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Unless this is the new normal. Would you avoid california based on fires and water issues? For sure. I wonder if Utah will be able to sustain a ski industry in 20 years. Shorterm term weather history is all humans really need as our lifespans are pretty damned short.
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City/Las Vegas
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Unless this is the new normal.
Well then, I don't think we're far apart. For, your stance is the flip side of the same argument. Either way, the OP would be basing a move based upon assumptions about the weather. And, again, it's probably not a good idea to move somewhere based solely on what one thinks the weather may be.

I say the above because I know people who've moved to places like Las Vegas (or Phoenix) based primarily upon the weather. It hasn't worked out quite the way they thought it would. For, a city is much more than an average temperature or whether or not it has snow or tornados.

Bill
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Old 12-06-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I've spent quite a bit of time in Denver - and the Winter weather there is not much different than it is in SLC. In fact, stats show Denver to be warmer on average.

Denver has had some major storms the past few years, but those were storms that normally hit SLC and, instead, bypassed it. By contrast, SLC has had little snow the last few years - below normal.

I'm not sure I'd move somewhere based upon a short-term weather history.

Bill
I'd disagree with your claim SLC and Denver's climate are basically the same.

SLC is somewhat hotter in the summer and has less rainfall, but has generally has milder winter night lows than Denver.

Denver has more frequent wild swings in temperature, especially during the winter. SLC doesn't have chinook winds like Denver does (warm, downslope snow melting winds). And SLC doesn't have "upslope" weather conditions that can cause chilly weather and snowfall in September, etc.
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Old 12-06-2015, 03:00 PM
 
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NOAA and other sites have very detailed information regarding historical weather, the internet is a great place to do a little investigation.

Intellicast - Salt Lake City Historic Weather Averages in Utah (84116)
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Old 12-10-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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SLC winters aren't bad temperature wise, now the nasty inversion layer is a completely different story. You might want to read up on what that is and how downright nasty the air can get in SLC for days and days on end. Cheers!
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