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What is the Weather Like in Idaho?

 

Idaho is a beautiful state filled with fun, adventure, nature, sports, music, culture, and so much more. You can enjoy the beautiful capital city’s culture of music and art while enjoying food and drinks from one of many locally owned shops. Possibly consider skiing the slopes of the very first ski resort of its kind in Sun Valley. Whatever it is you like to do, you’re sure to find a good outlet in Idaho.

Idaho’s seasons are well rounded, and many people live in Idaho for its even seasons and great weather. It isn’t unbearable for most in the summers, and it isn’t too cold in the winters for many people either. Spring time is lovely and fall is filled with crisp leaves and autumn breezes. However, Idaho is a state that is divided into its own separate regions. While it may be only slightly cold in Boise, it could be freezing with inches upon inches of snow in Eastern Idaho. To get a general idea of what the weather is like in Idaho, here are lists of the averages of temperatures, rain, and snowfall each year in Boise and Rexburg:

*Boise:

January:

High: 38 F

Low: 25 F

Precipitation: 1.22

Hours of sun: 108

February:

High: 45 F

Low: 28 F

Precipitation: 0.98

Hours of sun: 152

March:

High: 55 F

Low: 34 F

Precipitation: 1.38

Hours of sun: 238

April:

High: 62 F

Low: 39 F

Precipitation: 1.22

Hours of sun: 282

May:

High: 72 F

Low: 47 F

Precipitation: 1.38

Hours of sun: 334

June:

High: 81 F

Low: 54 F

Precipitation: 0.67

Hours of sun: 351

July:

High: 91 F

Low: 60 F

Precipitation: 0.31

Hours of sun: 399

August:

High: 90 F

Low: 60 F

Precipitation: 0.24

Hours of sun: 359

September:

High: 79 F

Low: 51 F

Precipitation: 0.55

Hours of sun: 303

October:

High: 65 F

Low: 41 F

Precipitation: 0.75

Hours of sun: 238

November:

High: 48 F

Low: 32 F

Precipitation: 1.34

Hours of sun: 120

December:

High: 38 F

Low: 24 F

Precipitation: 1.54

Hours of sun: 105

*Rexburg:

January:

High: 29 F

Low: 13 F

Precipitation: 1.14

February:

High: 32 F

Low: 15 F

Precipitation: 0.94

March:

High: 45 F

Low: 24 F

Precipitation: 1.06

April:

High: 56 F

Low: 33 F

Precipitation: 1.18

May:

High: 65 F

Low: 40 F

Precipitation: 1.81

June:

High: 73 F

Low: 47 F

Precipitation: 1.61

July:

High: 83 F

Low: 52 F

Precipitation: 0.75

August:

High: 83 F

Low: 50 F

Precipitation: 0.71

September:

High: 73 F

Low: 42 F

Precipitation: 0.87

October:

High: 58 F

Low: 32 F

Precipitation: 1.1

November:

High: 40 F

Low: 23 F

Precipitation: 0.94

December:

High: 29 F

Low: 13 F

Precipitation: 1.22

Although the precipitation seems to be higher in Western Idaho, it actually tends to snow more in Eastern Idaho. The average snowfall in the Boise area is 19.2 inches, while the annual average snowfall in Eastern Idaho is 36.9 inches in the Idaho Falls/Rexburg area. McCall gets over 135 inches on average each year, though, and that is only a short drive from the Boise area, and Pocatello gets almost 170 inches on average each year (and it is only about an hour from the Rexburg area).

Idaho’s weather is pretty unpredictable, especially over the last few years. The beginning of 2017 made Idaho history with all the snow that had piled up, multiple consecutive snow days in schools occurring, and people staying indoors for longer periods of time. It was dubbed the “Snowpocalypse of the Treasure Valley” by some, but winters actually tend to be milder. It is rare to have an extremely snowy winter in the Boise area, but snowfall is always abundant on the mountains, which makes for good skiing.

The summers are hot but not too bad. Some days will break 100 F each year, but that doesn’t last too long and the dry heat makes it bearable. With all the mountains and valleys in Idaho, the weather is beautiful and the natural elements of the state is outstanding. Many people move to Idaho for its luxurious summers and snowy winters (depending on which area in Idaho you move to or visit, it will be far snowier than others).

The seasons typically change quarterly: November through February is winter, March through May is spring, June through August is summer, and September and October is fall. However, every other year the seasons will be shifted a bit. So depending on the year, it could be hot in September and cold until April. Typically, the seasons are constant—give or take a few weeks.

It is always evident through the Idaho scenery which season it is as well. Colors will blossom in the spring, brown and orange hues of autumn fall after warm summers, and blankets of velvety white will carpet the valley in winter. Idaho’s seasons flow nicely and offer a great variety throughout the year.

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