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Snow Climatology
The snowfall map below was created using a variety of data sets with ArcMap. A base map was constructed using snowfall analysis from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC) averaging the 2008-2009 to 2018-2019 winter seasons. NOHRSC snowfall data is derived from a set a ground-based, airborne, and satellite snowfall observations. Numerous data points from airports and cooperative observer stations were added to the analysis to yield a more representative 30-year climatology from 1981-2010. Ski sites were also included in the analysis to highlight the considerable variation and more extreme snowfall amounts across the rugged terrain of New Mexico. Click on the image for a larger map. The table provided below the map details point specific averages.  


Frequency of Snow Events Across Northern & Central New Mexico
(Number of Days)
The table below outlines the frequency of 1"+, 2"+, 4"+, and 6"+ snowfall events by number of days at select locations across northern and central NM for the most recent three decades.