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First Snowfall Data Across Northern & Central New Mexico
Central Valleys
Average 1st Snowfall
(1981-2010)
Earliest Snowfall 
Elevation 
Albuquerque Airport November 21 October 5, 2004 5310'
Los Lunas 3 SSW December 14 October 12, 1986 4840'
Carrizozo 1 SW December 16 October 25, 1997  5405'
Elephant Butte December 21 October 27, 1976 4571'
Socorro December 2 October 5, 2004 4585'
Northwest Plateau
Average 1st Snowfall
(1981-2010)
Earliest Snowfall
Elevation
Aztec Ruins December 6 October 9, 1949 5644'
Chaco Canyon November 27 October 10, 1912 6177'
El Morro November 11 September 24, 1986 7223'
Farmington December 4 October 17, 1994 5625'
Gallup November 14 October 10, 1973 6471'
Zuni December 9 October 9, 1949 6611'
Northern Mountains
Average 1st Snowfall
(1981-2010)
Earliest Snowfall 
Elevation 
Alcalde December 14 October 22, 1996 5680'
Chama November 5 September 9, 2020 7850'
Cimarron 4 SW November 18 September 17, 1971 6540'
Cuba November 22 September 29, 1945 6908'
Dulce November 10 October 1, 1998 6793'
Eagle Nest November 3 September 9, 2020 8260'
Espanola December 8 October 12, 1969 5645'
Gascon October 24 September 17, 1971 8250'
Jemez Springs November 20 September 28, 1936 6262'
Las Vegas November 11 September 18, 1971 6874'
Los Alamos November 11 September 18, 1971 7424'
Raton November 10 September 18, 1971 6932'
Red River October 15 September 17, 1971 8676'
Santa Fe November 16 October 17, 1999 6756'
Taos November 12 September 28, 1936 6965'
Valmora November 24 October 8, 1970 6312'
Eastern/Northeast Plains
Average 1st Snowfall
(1981-2010)
Earliest Snowfall 
Elevation 
Amistad 5 SSW November 25 September 27, 1935 4445'
Clayton November 15 September 17, 1971 4970'
Clovis 13 N December 11 October 16, 1999 4435'
Conchas Dam December 10 October 16, 1970 4244'
Melrose November 27 October 8, 2000 4599'
Mosquero 1 NE November 17 September 26, 1936 5465'
Portales December 19 October 22, 1936 4010'
Ragland 3 SSW November 25 October 17, 1999 5060'
Roy November 28 September 25, 1913 5890'
San Jon December 2 September 29, 1945 4230'
Santa Rosa December 7 October 17, 1999 4610'
Tucumcari 4 NE November 29 September 29, 1945 4086'
Western Mountains
Average 1st Snowfall
(1981-2010)
Earliest Snowfall 
Elevation 
Cubero November 24 October 17, 1999 6195'
Grants December 8 October 16, 1960 6520'
Quemado November 19 October 8, 1970 6879'
Central Mountains
Average 1st Snowfall
(1981-2010)
Earliest Snowfall
Elevation 
Estancia November 21 September 24, 1913 6140'
Mountainair December 5 September 25, 1913 6520'
Ruidoso November 21 September 29, 1945 6930'
Southeast
Average 1st Snowfall
(1981-2010)
Earliest Snowfall
Elevation 
Artesia December 19 October 28, 1976 3366'
Carlsbad December 19 October 25, 1932 3120'
Fort Sumner December 12 October 12, 1986 4025'
Roswell December 13 October 16, 1970 3649'
Tatum December 23 October 30, 1993 4012'
Southern Deserts
Average 1st Snowfall
(1981-2010)
Earliest Snowfall
Elevation 
Alamogordo December 17 October 30, 1993 4350'
Columbus December 27 November 13, 1976 4065'
Deming January 2 November 12, 1972 4300'
NMSU December 27 November 13, 1976 3886'
Lordsburg December 21 November 5, 1946 4244'
Orogrande December 24 October 28, 1976 4182'