Weather in Salt Lake City

January 1993HIGHS

FOR THE MONTH (JAN. 21) 48.0(DEG)

AVERAGE THIS MONTH 33.2(DEG)

30-YEAR AVERAGE 36.4(DEG)

RECORD (JAN. 26, 1982) 62.0(DEG)

SNOW

TOTAL FOR JANUARY 50.3"

30-YEAR AVERAGE 13.7"

RECORD (1993) 50.3"

SEASONAL TOTAL THRU JAN. 81.4"

NORMAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL 33.8"

LOW

FOR THE MONTH (JAN. 5) -4.0(DEG)

AVERAGE THIS MONTH 16.6(DEG)

30-YEAR AVERAGE 19.3(DEG)

RECORD (JAN. 15, 1949) -22.0(DEG)

PRECIPITATION

TOTAL FOR JANUARY 3.23"

30-YEAR AVERAGE 1.11"

MOST IN 24 HOURS (JAN. 7-8) 0.66"

RECORD (1993) 3.23"

Records set at Salt Lake weather station

JAN. 2: Record daily snowfall of 9.0 inches; old record, 4.0 inches in 1955.

JAN. 9: Record daily snowfall of 8.4 inches; old record, 3.4 inches in 1950.

JAN. 11: Record daily snowfall of 7.5 inches; old record, 3.5 inches in 1988.

January record snowfall of 50.3 inches; old record, 32.2 inches in 1937.

The 50.3 inches of snow this month is a record for any month; old record was 41.9 inches in March 1977.

Record snow depth of 26 inches at the Salt Lake Airport on Jan. 11; old record, 23 inches in January 1949.

New record snowfall from a single storm, 23.3 inches Jan. 6-10; old record, 21.6 inches, March 12-15, 1944.

Record precipitation for January, 3.23 inches; old record, 3.14 inches in 1940.

Utah weather highlights

JAN. 2-3: A big "dump" of snow, especially along the central Wasatch Front and adjacent mountains. Cottonwood Canyon roads were closed for a time and chains were required on some roads. Some snowfall amounts: Alta, 33 inches; Solitude, 35; Centerville, 20; Holladay, 17; Bountiful, 19; Stansbury Park, 13; and Murray, 14.

JAN. 6-11: A "once-in-100-years event" struck the heart of the Wasatch Front with nearly continuous heavy snow for six days. Main areas of snow were Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Wasatch, Morgan and Summit counties and adjacent mountains. Gov. Mike Leavitt declared state of emergency in Salt Lake County the morning of 11th due to massive amounts of snow. Schools closed for a day, many roofs collapsed. Some snow amounts: Brighton, 65 inches; Alta, 79; Bountiful, 39; Deer Creek Dam, 53; Holladay, 34; Salt Lake International Airport, 31; Heber City, 44; Sandy, 37; Brian Head, 41; and Duck Creek Village, 59.

JAN. 13-19: The "pineapple connection" spread warm rains into southern Utah. Heavy rains fell on saturated soils, causing Gunlock Reservoir to rise rapidly. Reservoir water had to be "spilled" to avoid going over the top. Result was high water in the Santa Clara River and some minor flooding. Some rainfall amounts: Tenneco Mines in Pine Valley Mountains, 5.14 inches; Hurricane, 2.32; Zion National Park, 2.91; St. George, 2.12; and Kanab, 2.71.

JAN. 29-FEB. 1: Month ended with a major amounts of snow in parts of southern Utah from around Cedar City northeastward into Wayne and Garfield counties. This "once-in-100-years storm" deposited 3-4 feet of snow in western Wayne County. Some snow amounts: Teasdale Post office, 49 inches; Brian Head, 43; Teasdale/Torrey, 41; Boulder Mountain, 36; Bryce Canyon, 35; and Capitol Reef, 27.

Some January monthly precipitation totals: Alta, 12.66 inches (181 percent of normal); Blanding, 5.51 inches (448 percent); Brigham City, 2.31 inches (125 percent); Bryce Canyon, 7.38 inches (636 percent); Holladay, 4.36 (285 percent); Kanab, 7.45 (500 percent); Provo-BYU, 4.60 (307 percent); St. George, 4.79 (456 percent); and Zion National Park, 7.53 (474 percent).

Source: Salt Lake weather service.