Snow on the other hand sticks around. But it takes (on the average) 10 inches of snow to equal an inch of rain...and this figure for snow can vary from about 3 inches to 30" of snow to equal 1" of rain. So if SLC gets a foot of dry snow, that might be less water (precipitation) than in a big thunderstorm in the summer.
Precipitation measurements are in inches of rain, plus inches of water in the snow (not the depth of the snow).
Today, we have snow flakes coming down mixed in with the rain -- at sea level here in northern CA. I did not ride my bicycle to work today.