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Utah Weather

Learn about year-around Utah weather averages and forecasts so you can plan what to pack for your next Utah adventure in any season.

National Parks Weather Ski Weather

Utah's Seasons

Utah is a very large state that runs from N 42nd degree to the N 37th degree latitudinal parallel so there are widely varying conditions from Northern Utah to Southern Utah. In 1985, Utah recorded two record cold and hot temperatures of -69.3 F (-56 C) at Peter Sinks in February and 117 F (47 C) six months later in July in St. George. 

There are four strong Utah seasons that have distinct weather patterns — the most pleasant weather usually occurs between late April to mid-June and late August to mid-October. From December through February, the valley is prone to prolonged inversions with high levels of fine particulate pollution, meaning the air quality can be poor, especially for sensitive groups.

Utah primarily has a dry, semi-arid and desert climate. It is one of the driest states in the country with one of the lowest relative humidity percentages. In December the average highest relative humidity is 74.3% and in July the average lowest humidity is 35.9%. This is why people say it’s a "dry heat." Ninety degrees fahrenheit in Utah (32 C) feels much more palatable compared with a place that has high relative humidity, like Florida, which makes it feel hotter and muggy. 

Conversely, we also have "dry cold," meaning Utah’s air doesn’t feel as bitterly cold during the deepest weeks of winter as it does in places like the coastal New England because it lacks humidity. The lack of humidity and moisture in the atmosphere makes the skies above Utah a deeper shade of blue.

Photo: Matt Morgan

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park

Photo: Rosie Serago

Utah Regional Averages

Winter and Spring Temperatures

Region
Points of Interest
January
March
May
Top of Utah Logan, near Bear Lake 31/11 F
-1/-12 C
48/26 F
9/-3 C
69/41 F
21/5 C
Wasatch Range Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo. Park City averages five to 10 degrees F cooler. 36/19 F
2/-7 C
52/31 F
11/-1 C
72/46 F
22/8 C
Eastern Utah Flaming Gorge, Dinosaur National Monument  37/12 F
3/-11 C
49/23 F
9/-5 C
68/37 F
20/3 C
Central Utah Fishlake National Forest, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park  39/9 F
4/-13 C
50/21 F
10/-6 C
77/42 F
20/2 C
Southeastern Utah Moab, near Arches, Canyonlands 42/18 F
6/-8 C
62/33 F
17/1 C
82/48 F
28/9 C
Southwestern Utah St George, near Zion 53/25 F
12/-4 C
67/36 F
19/2 C
86/51 F
30/11 C
Southcentral Utah Grand Staircase-Escalante, Lake Powell 46/24 F
8/-4 C
62/35 F
17/2 C
83/51 F
28/11 C

Summer and Fall Temperatures

Region
Points of Interest
July
September
November
Top of Utah Logan, near Bear Lake 89/54 F
32/12 C
77/43 F
25/6 C
46/24 F
8/-4 C
Wasatch Range Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo. Park City averages five to 10 degrees F cooler. 92/62 F
32/16 C
79/51 F
26/11 C
50/29 F
10/-2 C
Eastern Utah Flaming Gorge, Dinosaur National Monument 87/51 F
31/11 C
75/41 F
24/5 C
46/22 F
8/-6 C
Central Utah Fishlake National Forest, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park  83/48 F
28/9 C
73/39 F
23/4 C
49/18 F
9/-8 C
Southeastern Utah Moab, near Arches, Canyonlands 99/63 F
36/16 C
87/51 F
30/11 C
57/28 F
14/-2 C
Southwestern Utah St George, near Zion 102/66 F
37/18  C
93/55 F
34/13 C
65/32 F
18/-1 C
Southcentral Utah Grand Staircase-Escalante, Lake Powell 99/67 F
37/19 C
87/57 F
31/14 C
57/33 F
14/1 C

Annual Precipitation

Region
Points of Interest
Average Precipitation
Top of Utah Logan, near Bear Lake 17.2"
Wasatch Range Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo. Park City averages five to 10 degrees F cooler. 19.13"/16.1"/13.26" 
23.3" in Park City
(Mountain resorts receive between 300" and 500" of annual snowfall)
Eastern Utah Flaming Gorge, Dinosaur National Monument 9.31"
Central Utah Fishlake National Forest, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park  8.15"
Southeastern Utah Moab, near Arches, Canyonlands 8.8"
Southwestern Utah St George, near Zion 14.64"
Southcentral Utah Grand Staircase-Escalante, Lake Powell 11.34"

Weather in Utah’s National Parks

Photo: Matt & Agnes Hage

Photo: Matt Morgan

Photo: Matt & Agnes Hage

Arches National Park

Temperatures in Arches National Park range from 44/22 F (6.6/-5.5 C) in January to 100/67 F (38/19 C) in July. As part of the Colorado Plateau, this high desert region experiences wide temperature fluctuations, sometimes more than 40 degrees in one day. 

For more detailed information visit the Arches National Park page on the National Park Service website.

Bryce Canyon National Park

In Bryce Canyon National Park, temperatures range from 37/15 F (2.7/-9.4 C) in January to 80/53 F (26/12 C) in July. Due to its high elevation (7,664 feet/2,335 meters), the park experiences much cooler weather than the other national parks in Utah.  

Visit the Bryce Canyon National Park page on the National Park Service website for more details.   

Canyonlands National Park

In Canyonlands National Park, temperatures range from 44/22 F (6.6/-5.5 C) in January to 100/67 F (38/19 C) in July. Canyonlands National Park is also a part of the high desert region of the Colorado Plateau and experiences wide temperature variations within a single day.


Visit the Canyonlands National Park page on the National Park Service website for more information.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park temperatures range from 41/20 F (5/-6 C) in January to 91/65 F (33/18 C) in July. The unique environment of Capitol Reef presents many weather-related safety concerns such as flash flooding and heat risk. 

Learn more about Capitol Reef National Park’s weather on the National Park Service website. 

Zion National Park

Temperatures in Zion National Park range from 52/29 F (11/-1.6 C) in January to 100/68 F (38/20 C) in July. Daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary by more than 30 degrees and certain areas are prone to flash flooding. 

Check the Zion National Park page on the National Park Service website for up-to-date information on park weather. 

Photo: Lee Cohen

Photo: Scott Markewitz

Photo: Jeremiah Watt

Utah Ski and Snowboard Weather 

Utah has 15 ski resorts across the state. Resorts are typically open from the end of November — depending on early season snowfall — through mid-April. Snowbird Resort usually stays open a few weeks longer than the other resorts. Alta Ski Resort and Deer Valley Ski Resort do not allow snowboarding at their resorts. The Cottonwood Canyons receive an average annual snowfall of 551 inches (1,397 cm). The snow density is around 8.5 percent, which makes Utah’s snow powdery. There are more than a dozen powder days each season. Powder days happen when more than 12 inches (30 cm) falls within 24 hours. You’ll find beginner to expert terrain at all of the resorts as well as other wintry activities like tubing and snowshoeing.

Daily Snow Conditions

Every resort will post daily updates about their current conditions. Many also have links to webcams so you can get a live look of the mountain. Ski Utah aggregates information from each of the resorts on their website, which details information about 24hr and 84hr accumulation as well as base inches.

Wasatch Weather Weenies — run by University of Utah atmospheric sciences professor Jim Steenburgh and his students —discusses the weather and climate of the Wasatch Front as well as the western United States and beyond.

Weather Alerts

You can watch weather reports and forecasts on Utah’s four main television broadcast channels: KUTV (CBS) Channel 2, KSL (NBC) Channel 5, ABC4 (ABC) Channel 4, KUED7 (PBS) and FOX13 (Fox) Channel 13. Local news programs begin at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. 

You can listen to local weather information on NOAA Weather Radio.

The Unified Police Department operates a canyon alert system to let people know about canyon traffic information including restrictions such as tire chain requirements in the Cottonwood Canyons. You can follow these alerts on Twitter: @canyonalerts and by “liking” their Facebook Page.  

Planning Resources

Ski Utah is a wealth of information for skiers and snowboarders in search of information about skiing and snowboarding in Utah. On their site, you can find up-to-date snow reports, deals on tickets and passes and trip planning resources.

Ski City is a great resource for skiers and snowboarders who are planning to ski the Cottonwood Canyon resorts: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude.

Transportation

Ski buses run regularly to the Cottonwood Canyon resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude). There’s a free bus service that provides transport between downtown Park City and Deer Valley Ski Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. There’s also an intra-canyon shuttle that runs between Brighton and Solitude. 

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