Saturday will be sneaky good with 4-7" across the northern mountains on Friday and 15-24" the last five days. Light snow returns Sunday before a 3-day break. Next storm could be late Wednesday into Thursday.
Consecutive days of modest snowfall that don't make big headlines can produce sneaky good powder days and I think that is what we have on our hands for Saturday.
We expected 2-5" on Friday in the northern mountains favoring Ski Santa Fe and Pajarito and the snow gods cooperated pretty nicely:
5" Ski Santa Fe
This keeps our streak of consecutive days of measurable snow alive at 5 days.
Here are the 5-day totals in the northern mountains:
- 24” Ski Santa Fe (9" + 8" + 0" + 2" + 5")
- 21” Taos (6" + 6" + 2" + 3" + 4")
- 15” Sipapu (3" + 3" + 2" + 2" + 5")
- 15” Pajarito (3" + 4" + 0" + 1" + 7")
Here are a few reader-submitted photos from Friday.
Now on Saturday, we are again waking to single-digit temperatures above 10,500 feet and temperatures will remain chilly through the day. Some sunshine on Saturday should give the impression of warmth, but strong wind gusts will make it feel even colder so definitely bring layers for Saturday skiing and riding.
I don't think we will see any snowflakes on Saturday. On Sunday morning, light snow should move into the northern mountains for 1-3" during the first half of the day.
We will have several dry and warmer days Monday through Wednesday.
Then we are tracking a possible storm late Wednesday into Thursday. Lots of uncertainty with this system and it is currently looking like a low-end storm (1-6") for New Mexico. All I can say right now is to pencil in Thursday for possible soft turns.
I will take a closer look at the March 30-31 storm on Sunday.
Thanks for reading!
Can we keep the consecutive snow streak alive with new snow accumulation by the Sunday morning reports? We will soon find out.
Considerable Avalanche Danger on Friday. Check Taos Avalanche Center for all of your backcountry forecasts
Always consult TAC for the latest avalanche forecasts!
New Mexico Geography Key
→ Red River, Taos Ski Valley (north side of northern mountains - Sangre de Cristos)
→ Angel Fire (northeast side of northern mountains - Sangre de Cristos)
→ Sipapu (middle of the northern mountains - Sangre de Cristos)
→ Ski Santa Fe (south side of the northern mountains - Sangre de Cristos)
→ Pajarito (southwest side of the northern mountains - Jemez)
→ Sandia Peak (Sandias)
→ Mt. Taylor backcountry (San Mateos)
→ Ski Apache (Sacramentos)
→ Ski Cloudcroft (Sacramentos)