Seasonal snowfall across New Mexico varies considerably, due largely to our unique topography. The lowest elevations are near 3,000 feet in the far southeast plains (around Jal), while the highest elevations tower above 13,000 feet (Wheeler Peak). Higher elevation locations generally accumulate more snow and see snowfall earlier and later in the season than lower elevation locales.
We define "first snowfall' as the first occurence of snowfall accumulation of 0.1 inch or greater during the season. Generally, the first snowfall occurs earlier in the season across the higher elevations and northern locations of the state compared to southern locales. The first snowfall often occurs late in the summer for many of the higher peaks in northern New Mexico. In some years for many southern locations there is no snowfall, or the first snowfall occurs very late in the season.
The graphic below will display snowfall data for locations across New Mexico, including the earliest on record and the average first dates. Place your cursor over a location to view the data. For a tabular view of the same data shown below, click here.