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By Julien Ross, Forecaster Posted 3 months ago November 20, 2023

Storm update, final round of light snow Monday


Sunday's snowfall totals are 2-4" across all mountains. On Monday, we should see 1-2" additional accumulation favoring the northern mountains thanks to wrap-around winds from the departed storm. Tuesday and Wednesday will be sunny. Clouds start to move in on Thanksgiving Day ahead of our next storm that should bring snow on Friday and Saturday.

Short Term Forecast

On Monday morning, the storm that brought 1-4" of snow across all mountains on Sunday is now spinning over Kansas. The storm and wind field is large enough that winds are wrapping around from the north into New Mexico on Monday morning.

Radar at 6:30 am on Monday shows a few snow showers near Cuchara and the New Mexico-Colorado border.

As far as the snowfall totals from Sunday, we were expecting 3-6" at the higher elevation mountains (Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe) and 1-4" at all other mountains and that is what appears to have happened based on a combination of official reports and estimates using webcams and OpenSnow data estimates.

4" Taos
4" Ski Santa Fe (estimate)
3" Angel Fire (estimate)
3" Red River (estimate)
3" Sandia Peak (estimate)
2" Sipapu
2" Pajarito (estimate)
2" Ski Apache (estimate)

On Monday look for another 1-2" favoring the northern mountains thanks to the north winds that should persist through the afternoon hours.

Temperatures will be the coldest of the season so far on Monday with the highs staying in the 20's above 10,000 feet.

Extended Forecast

Sunny skies will return on Tuesday and Wednesday but remnant cold air in the high country should keep overnight snowmaking conditions optimal as Red River, Ski Santa Fe, and Taos prepare to open this week.

Thanksgiving Day should be a partly to mostly cloudy transition day as our next storm is slated to arrive on Friday. I am confident that we will receive some snow on Friday and Saturday but I have low confidence in the amounts and timing.

The European model continues to be more bullish with a slow-moving storm whereas the GFS moves the system through much faster.

The global compilation of models for liquid precipitation shows a solid chance for 1-4+" of snow and I expect this to evolve substantially in the coming days.

I will post again on Tuesday and try to hone in better on the timing and snowfall for the upcoming Friday-Saturday storm.

Thanks for reading!

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Opening Dates (check resort websites and social media for the latest updates):

Angel Fire: December 15
Pajarito: December 22
Red River: November 22
Sandia Peak: TBD
Ski Apache: TBD
Ski Santa Fe: November 23 
Sipapu: OPEN Nov. 17-Nov. 26; Closed Nov. 27 – Nov. 30; Open Dec. 1-3; Closed Dec. 4-7
Taos: November 23

New Mexico Geography Key

Northern Mountains
→ 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)

Central Mountains
→ Sandia Peak (Sandias)
→ Mt. Taylor backcountry (San Mateos)

Southern Mountains
→ Ski Apache (Sacramentos)
→ Ski Cloudcroft (Sacramentos)

About Our Forecaster

Julien Ross


Julien was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was introduced to skiing at age 7 through the public schools subsidized ski program at Ski Santa Fe. It was love at first turn and Julien has been chasing deep powder and good mogul lines ever since. Julien grew up fascinated by weather and studied physical geography with a focus on meteorology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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