We hope you will take the time to review our safety information and keep up with the latest forecasts , snow advisories and winter weather warnings. We present information on the various types of precipitation that occur in the winter months and how they form and we show the climatology of various snow amounts for several locations across New Mexico.
The complex terrain of New Mexico, ranging from the eastern plains, high mountains across the northern and western regions, to the Rio Grande valley, combines to create weather regimes that change quickly over relatively short distances. Highway travelers may find themselves first in light snow or rain then suddenly in heavy snow as the highway climbs through a mountain pass. The weather may be relatively mild and sunny along the Rio Grande valley from Socorro to Albuquerque, with near blizzard conditions found across the high plains east of the central mountain chain. Winter weather can be deadly if you fail to take proper precautions. Be sure to check out the information available on our web site to become familiar with winter weather safety facts, products, and climate.
Additional safety information, plus help in preparedness planning, is available by contacting the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the following numbers: