The Valley climate is marked by moderate summers and cold winters, light precipitation and many days of sunshine each year. 80 percent of the annual precipitation occurs from April to October. Typically, light scattered showers will result from thunderstorms that develop over the mountains and move into the Valley during the afternoon, providing the county with approximately 7.6 inches of rain per year and an average summer temperature of 65 degrees. The county receives approximately 41.7 inches of snow each winter with an average temperature of 14 degrees. Although the winters are cold, Alamosa County experiences approximately 350 days with sunshine per year.