How cold does it get at Yellowstone?

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    Lyssie
    Lyssie
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    How cold does it get at Yellowstone? Does it get cold enough to snow or for the lakes to freeze over? I am thinking that it doesn’t because of all of the geysers, but I am still curious. 🙂

    #1264

    debayo
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    This site shows the monthly temperatures at Yellowstone. You might find it interesting:
    http://gonw.about.com/library/climate/blyellowstonetemps.htm

    Of course snow falls in that part of the planet. Here’s an image of a buffalo making its way through deep snow in Yellowstone.

    1726149-Buffalo_Making_His_Way_Through_the_Deep_Snow-Yellowstone_National_Park.jpg

    What the information tells me is that the best months to go there are July, August and September.

    #1258

    outdoorsJoe
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    I thought with all the geysers and heat, the ground may have stayed warm enough to keep snow from accumulating even if it fell. That picture sure does prove I was wrong.

    #1263

    Starla
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    Those were my thoughts too, outdoorsJoe. Isn’t there over 300 geysers at Yellowstone? That’s why I’m so surprised that it gets cold! Lovely picture of the buffalo, though. 🙂

    #1256
    oco
    oco
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    At dunraven pass one year I remember there being 40 feet of snow in May. That was accumulated over the year it didn’t all fall in May.

    #1261
    camperfan
    camperfan
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    40 feet? wow that is a lot of snow. I would have thought that the snow would melt once it hit the ground too. I remember reading that one of the waterfalls completely freezes over and you can ski up and down the trail to take a look at it.

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    Lyssie
    Lyssie
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    Woops, I feel like an idiot. I just noticed the forum for Yellowstone in the Winter. I didn’t see that before. Sorry for the redundant posting!

    And 40 feet is a lot of snow. I can’t even fathom that much snow.

    #1257
    oco
    oco
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    No worries Lyssie, I moved it for you. Yeah 40 feet is a TON of snow.

    #1260

    Yellowstone National Park straddles the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains. It’s location in Wyoming is inland North America, and it is also high elevation. Yeah, it snows, and yeah, it gets really cold.

    #1259

    Wild One
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    Cold is not a problem during the summer months at all, though there have been exceptions and it has snowed in the summer. That’s not common though. It can be pretty brisk in May and September, so timing is key.

    #1265

    KennethBrode
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    Greetings! I’m so glad to join your community!

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