map with locations of snowfall data

First Snowfall Dates For Many New Mexico Locales

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.

Map of New Mexico With First & Average First Snowfall Dates
The table below shows the earliest on record and average first dates for locations around the Albuquerque Metro Area, as well as the first snowfall date in recent years.

Dates of the Earliest & Average First Snowfall Around the Albuquerque Metro Area

Location Elev. (ft) Earliest Avg. First
2013 2012 2011 2010
5300 OCT 12,
NOV 29
NOV 23
DEC 31 DEC 2 NOV 25
6120 OCT 17,
NOV 16
NOV 23 NOV 11 NOV 8 NOV 25
S. Valley
4955 OCT 29,
DEC 11 NOV 23 DEC 31 DEC 3 FEB 1
Los Lunas
4840 OCT 12,
DEC 20
NOV 23
5015 OCT 12,
NOV 28
NOV 22
Santa Fe
7000 SEP 30,
NOV 17
NOV 22 DEC 9
DEC 3 DEC 16

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