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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 occurrence 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 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Sunport
(1931-2016)
5300 OCT 12,
1986
NOV 29 NOV 28 DEC 12 DEC 13 NOV 23 DEC 31 DEC 2
Foothills
(1991-2014)
6120 OCT 17,
1999
NOV 23 MSG MSG NOV 16 NOV 23 NOV 11 NOV 8
S. Valley
(1991-2016)
4955 OCT 29,
2009
DEC 11 JAN 1 ('17) NOV 16 DEC 17 NOV 23 DEC 31 DEC 3
Los Lunas
(1957-2016)
4840 OCT 12,
1986
DEC 22 FEB 13 ('17) MSG MSG NOV 23 MSG DEC 3
Corrales
(1982-2016)
5015 OCT 12,
1986
NOV 29 JAN 6 ('17) NOV 16 MSG NOV 22 MSG MSG
Estancia 7N
(1910-2016)
  SEP 24,
1913
NOV 26 DEC 3 NOV 28 NOV 16 OCT 16 MSG MSG