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By Julien Ross, Forecaster Posted 3 months ago November 28, 2023

Three is a magic number

Summary

Three storms are in the pipeline for a Thursday to Saturday cycle. The first storm will be the warmest of the three and is expected to track south across the center of the state. The second and third storms will bring colder air and should clip the northern mountains. Combined storm totals should be 4-8" in the northern mountains and could approach a foot of snow in some spots.

Short Term Forecast

It should be a gorgeous late-Autumn Tuesday with plenty of sunshine. Wednesday will be more of a transition day with some clouds moving in ahead of our next storm cycle.

Three storms are forecast to bring three waves of snow from Thursday morning to Sunday morning.

Storm #1 will arrive overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. Most models have storm #1 taking a southern track across the middle of the state which could help get some early-season snow to Pajarito and Sandia Peak. The big caveat will be relatively warm temperatures with storm #1.

Storm #2 is expected to follow on Friday with a round of colder temperatures and then storm #3 on Saturday with the coldest temperatures of the cycle. Both storms #2 and #3 are expected to sweep through as open troughs taking more northern tracks with winds from the west and west-northwest and favoring the northern mountains.

OpenSnow's in-house downscaled GFS Ensemble is bullish for Pajarito with close to 1" of liquid precipitation through the combined 3-storm cycle.

The National Blend of Models shows a combined storm total range of 4-9" for the Jemez and Sangres and 1-3" for the central and southern mountains. The tracks of storms #2 and #3 should bring deep totals again to Wolf Creek.

Extended Forecast

Snow should wrap up on Sunday morning with about five days of dry weather to follow as high pressure builds over the western half of the country.

All eyes then turn to around December 10-11 when we hope the high pressure breaks down and the storm track returns.

Have a great Tuesday and thanks for reading.

I will post again on Wednesday with the very latest details on the Thursday-Saturday storm cycle.

JULIEN ROSS
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Julien Ross

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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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