Here Are 7 Places In Idaho Where It's Summer All Year Long
Whether Idaho is smack in the middle of a Snowpacalypse or enduring yet another month of below-frigid temperatures, a hint of sunshine is always a welcome sight! But even as you layer up and scrape your car windows for the millionth time, remember that the Gem State is a diverse region – which means there are plenty of places to warm up and forget that the weather outside is frightful. Here in Idaho, we’re not known for our year-round bask-in-the-sun destinations, but if you have visions of sandy beaches and warm sun rays dancing through your head, there are a few places across the state that will help you get into the sizzling summer spirit … even as Old Man Winter continues his icy reign. From the warmest city in Idaho to indoor getaways where the forecast doesn’t matter, here are some fantastic places to enjoy “summer” all year long.
Whatever the season, it’s never too early to plan your next winter escape! What are your favorite ways to beat the cold? Are there any other places that should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments! And if you do plan to spend some time outside in the chilly weather, make sure to check out our cold weather essentials packing list.
If you’d like to embrace some of the beauty that winter has to offer, take a scenic winter drive in Eastern Idaho.
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Winter in Idaho & Related Info
What is winter like in Idaho?
The Gem State is large and diverse, so winters in Idaho vary from year to year and differ greatly between regions. In general, winters in Idaho are mild; however the state does see plenty of snow and ice, in addition to extreme temperatures when conditions are right. Some of the worst winter storms Idaho has ever seen include:
Aside from these notable winter storms, Idaho visitors and residents can expect to see annual snowfall - particularly at higher elevations - average state-wide temperatures between 15 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and a winter season that typically lasts from November to February. Stanley, Idaho spends over 260 days each year below freezing, and many parts of the state experience extreme temperature drops as well.
How much snowfall does Idaho get each year?
In general, the southern half of Idaho is warmer and drier than Central and Northern Idaho, but heavy snowfall can be found in every corner of the state due to Idaho's numerous mountain ranges. The snowiest cities in Idaho, measured in average inches of snow per year are:
- Island Park: 154 inches per year
- Mack's Inn: 141 inches per year
- Warm River: 97 inches per year
- Ashton: 97 inches per year
- Warren: 95 inches per year
However, the rest of Idaho sees snow as well, with very few cities receiving less than ten inches per year. The least snowy cities in Idaho are:
- Mountain Home: 6.74 inches per year
- Grand View: 8.03 inches per year
- Hollister: 8.36 inches per year
- Melba: 8.71 inches per year
- Murphy: 9.37 inches per year